Stu­dent stab­ber out of hos­pi­tal

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Welling­ton Mak­wakwa

THE Univer­sity of Zu­l­u­land stu­dent who was bru­tally at­tacked by an an­gry stu­dent mob af­ter al­legedly killing his room­mate on cam­pus last Sun­day, was re­leased from hos­pi­tal this week, but re­mains in po­lice cus­tody.

Charged with mur­der, Sbonelo Mbatha (20) briefly ap­peared at the Mtun­zini Mag­is­trate’s Court on Tues­day. The case was re­manded to next Tues­day for a for­mal bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

Mbatha re­port­edly stabbed to death first year ed­u­ca­tion stu­dent Sazi Ngubo (20) in­side their dorm room at eSiphetho Res­i­dence on the KwaDlangezwa cam­pus.

Re­ports sug­gest the duo had a heated ar­gu­ment about water be­fore the fa­tal stab­bing

Ngubo died at the scene, af­ter which Mbatha was bru­tally at­tacked by a group of stu­dents.

He was taken to Ng­welezana Hos­pi­tal in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion and re­mained un­der po­lice guard un­til his re­lease.

The in­ci­dent un­leashed a foun­tain of safety con­cerns from stu­dents liv­ing in­side and out­side cam­pus, de­mand­ing the in­sti­tu­tion beef up se­cu­rity.

‘This is not just about stu­dents at­tack­ing each other, but about peo­ple from out­side en­ter­ing the in­sti­tu­tion with­out be­ing iden­ti­fied,’ said stu­dent Sa­belo Mchunu.

Other stu­dents said poor light­ing on cam­pus made walk­ing to the main gate at night very dan­ger­ous.

‘The area is not fenced and not safe for stu­dents, es­pe­cially fe­males,’ said Sanele Ma­suku.

Other is­sues raised by stu­dents were se­cu­rity checks at res­i­den­tial build­ings.

Asked about the im­ple­men­ta­tion of im­proved se­cu­rity mea­sures on cam­pus, Unizulu Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor Gcina Nh­leko-Md­luli said once the ac­tion plan has been fi­nalised and adopted, it will be com­mu­ni­cated to all stake­hold­ers.

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