Two students of University of Free states were killed in a robbery, while the other two escaped death. The two students are in a critical condition receiving medical help in hospital. The incident happened on the 22nd of September in the wee hours of the night. The students who have their accommodation in a place called Phuthaditjhaba were attacked by robbers who demanded money and their gadgets.
The robbers were three of them and they were wearing balaclavas which makes it difficult for them to be identified. Police were called after an incident. They found students in small groups, it seems like they were studying in Qwaqwa branch. The police found two dead students (whom were Identified by friends) wounded badly. This was the statement from the police spokesperson Motantsi Makhele. The other two were not there on the arrival of the police since they were in Mofumahadi Manapo Regional Hospital already. The names of the victims will not be released until their families have been informed. The university has issued out a statement sending condolences to the family, friends and other fellow students who lost their loved ones and wished for speedy recovery to those who are in a critical condition in hospital.
It seems like there was another incident as the university spokesperson said "In the second incident, a student residing at one of the men's residences on the Bloemfontein campus was found in his room this morning (Wednesday). It is not clear when he passed away”. The South African Union of Students also sent their heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and students. They promised to visit the families of the victims.
The students who were there when the incident happen will receive psychological help from the University since they are traumatised. At least that is what they were promised. Mr Dlanjwa stressed out that learners of this country are not safe in the places they live at, especially those who does not reside on campus.
There is an ongoing investigation of two murders and two attempted murder.
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