Fury over slain student
Family of UJ PhD student Baraka Leonard Nafari unhappy with how the case is handled
THE family of slain University of Johannesburg PhD student Baraka Leonard Nafari has expressed dissatisfaction with the way his case was handled.
Nafari’s brother Uwezo Gwiliye said after the perpetrator was arrested, he was charged with driving without a licence. Nafari was killed by a taxi driver outside his Sophiatown residence.
“We feel that there was not enough investigation that was done. There is a camera around the Sophiatown residence and the university but when I spoke to the office where he worked, they told me they were trying to gather evidence to give to the police,” he said.
“Back home, all the family want is justice. We don’t really understand why he was killed.
“In the footage we saw, it seems as though he was the target, even though there were two of them.”
In a joint statement, colleagues and friends of the Tanzanian said he was killed in the early hours of Friday, February 23.
According to them, CCTV footage showed Nafari and a fellow UJ student running for their lives while two men in a taxi pursued them.
“As Baraka and his friend run for safety‚ they flee toward the UJ Sophiatown residency‚ however, the taxi violently pursues them‚ such that the taxi deliberately struck Baraka against the fence of the UJ Sophiatown residence‚ and (this) marks the death of Baraka‚“the colleagues said.
Apparently, the university only provided the police with the CCTV footage last Wednesday‚ five days after the incident. The colleagues have called on Brixton police to take the matter seriously and that the Independent Police Directorate supervise whether the matter is being investigated with due diligence, among other things.
Police spokesperson Col Lungelo Dlamini said: “Police are investigating a case of culpable homicide. The case has not been placed on the roll pending further investigation. Once investigation has been finalised, case will be forwarded to the prosecutor for a decision.”
The University of Johannesburg called all students and staff to refrain from speculation and allow the SAPS investigators to complete their work to ascertain the facts of the matter.
“It has been a week of loss and great sorrow, one that has also shaken the entire university community with the untimely death of Mr Baraka Leonard Nafari in the early hours of Friday, February 23.
“Mr Nafari, a PhD student and research assistant in the department of economics and econometrics, was knocked down by a vehicle just outside the university’s premises in Auckland Park,” UJ spokesperson Herman Esterhuizen said.
“The passing of a student affects the entire university community and the university sympathises with Mr Nafari’s colleagues, family and friends.”
A memorial service is expected to be held at the Bunting campus on Wednesday and his body will be repatriated on Saturday.
HIT AND RUN: University of Johannesburg PhD student Baraka Leonard Nafari (inset) was killed by a taxi driver who allegedly deliberately ran him over outside the Sophiatown residence.