Fury over slain stu­dent

Fam­ily of UJ PhD stu­dent Baraka Leonard Na­fari un­happy with how the case is han­dled

Afro Voice (Free State) - - GAUTENG NEWS - LIL­LIAN SELAPISA lil­lians@the­newage.co.za

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.

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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.

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