During a disagreement with a fellow student at a Walter Sisulu University (WSU) residence on Monday night, a third-year human resource management student was tragically stabbed.
According to the police, the suspect, a third-year mechanical engineering student, assisted in getting the stabbed victim to the hospital.
Capt Hazel Mqala, a police spokesperson, said the 24-year-old student was cleaning his room shortly after 8 p.m.
Another student went by and made a remark about him using muthi to clean his room, which he found offensive.
“The two students began arguing and fighting. Other students were able to separate them, and the now deceased student returned to his room.”
According to Mqala, he was followed by the other student.
“According to witnesses, when the suspect was at the door of the deceased’s room, he was holding a knife. The deceased picked up a pair of scissors to defend himself. The two continued arguing inside the room until the deceased turned his back to the suspect.”
This was when the suspect, 29, allegedly stabbed him twice in the upper body.
“The suspect took the deceased to hospital with the help of someone staying at the residence. He was certified dead at the hospital and the suspect was treated for minor injuries,” Mqala said.
“Witnesses say the suspect was wielding a knife when he approached the deceased's chamber door. To protect himself, the deceased took up a pair of scissors. Inside the room, the two continued to argue until the deceased turned away from the suspect.”
When the suspect, 29, allegedly stabbed him twice in the upper torso, he was arrested.
“With the assistance of someone residing at the apartment, the suspect transported the deceased to the hospital. At the hospital, he was pronounced dead, and the suspect was treated for minor injuries,” Mqala said.
At the hospital, the student was detained. He is charged with murder and is scheduled to appear in an East London magistrate's court on Wednesday.
The suspect is from Cambridge, while the murdered student is from Duncan Village, according to the university. Its student affairs unit remained in the hospital with his family "till his sad death."
Other students in the house have been offered group and individual counseling sessions by WSU.
Vice-chancellor Prof Rushiella Songca said the terrible occurrence had highlighted the need for additional social cohesion programs at the university. She advocated for social tolerance at the university, particularly among students.
“We come from different cultures, different belief systems and different family set-ups. We must be tolerant of such differences.”
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