DUT mourns another dreadful loss
Nomfundo Khumalo and Nosipho Gumede
No arrests have been made following the death of Phiweyinkosi Buthelezi, a Durban University of Technology student.
Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane confirmed that an inquest was opened at Durban central police station after Buthelezi drowned in a swimming pool. His body was recovered on Sunday morning near a swimming pool along the Durban Beachfront, no arrests have been made.
The tragic event comes a week after the burial of Engineering student, Sandile Ndlovu,who was stabbed in a lecture hall on University premises.
In a statement released by the University, it was mentioned that Buthelezi was a student in the Faculty of Management Sciences, where he was studying towards his National Diploma in Business Administration.
“This is a tremendous loss and we convey our most sincere condolences to Phiweyinkosi’s family, friends and classmates. May his soul rest in peace. Colleagues from the Student Services department will be assisting the family during this difficult time,” they added.
The University further extended their condolences to another student, Mthuthuzeli Sigaba. The Information Technology student died at a relative’s house following a criminal incident last week.
Sanele Ndlovu, second year journalism student, said that as students they want to feel safe and protected and hopes that the law will bring all the guilty to justice.
“Students need to be protected. As a student or anyone who is the premises of DUT, is bound to be protected by the security. I think the security needs to be improved. Not only securities must protect us, but also other students, they need to protect one another,” she said.