Universities are to learn, not to kill – ANC

Johannesburg – The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal condemned Monday the loss of lives to various higher education institutions in the province after a bloody weekend at three universities.

This follows the stabbing to the death of a student from the University of Zululand (UniZulu); and another student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), as well as a photo shoot of a Durban University of Technology (DUT) student, last weekend.

Nhlaka Sazi Ngubo, a 20-year-old freshman at UniZulu was stabbed to death and apparently his throat was cut with a kitchen knife, allegedly by his roommate after a quarrel reportedly about cold water in their room on the KwaDlangezwa campus on Sunday afternoon.

Nqobani Dlomo, a member of the ANC youth league, was stabbed several times in a room in a house in the early hours of Saturday morning, allegedly by another student at the Oval Residence, Westville Campus or UKZN. Dlomo was also on the election list of the student representative at the end of the month.

Sikhumbuzo Lushaba, student of TU Delft, was shot dead Friday at a student residence in Albert Park. Lushaba was an active member of the ANCYL at the university.

Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, the provincial spokesman for the ANC, said they want the recently launched provincial council on social cohesion and moral regeneration to pay special attention to this violent behavior in higher education institutions.

"The ANC is deeply concerned about the sudden increase in violence in our tertiary institutions, and it goes without saying that our educational institutions must be places of intellectual learning rather than violence and killing," said Simelane-Zulu.

"We appeal to all our structures on all campuses to keep us busy with safety and security and take active steps to make our campuses safer."

Simelane-Zulu said that the regional officials of Musa Dladla were currently in talks with relevant authorities to get details of the stabbing at the University of Zululand that will inform their interventions at that institution.

It was reported elsewhere that the UniZulu student was a member of the Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC).

African news agency (ANA)

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