UFS student still missing

2014-10-15 08:42

The search for a University of the Free State student who went missing last week continues this morning.

The student was reportedly accosted while walking to the QwaQwa campus with a friend. A search operation, which included police dogs and a helicopter, has been unsuccessful.

Campus principal Professor Prakash Naidoo said the university was going to meet with police to see what was happening.

“[We have heard] nothing further thus far and we are just trying to see what we can do,” he said.

Yesterday, UFS said that Sinethemba Shezi, a third-year student, was accosted around 8.30pm on Friday evening while walking to the campus with a friend.

“The students wanted to study at the campus facilities, because they stay off-campus,” UFS said.

“The matter was immediately reported to the university’s campus protection services, who alerted the South African Police Service.”

A search party made up of police, UFS protection services and the UFS student representative council, searched the area for Shezi through the night.

“Mr Shezi is still missing, despite various police units – dogs, helicopter and divers – searching the area over the weekend until [yesterday] afternoon,” the university said.

“The campus community and the SAPS are doing everything possible to find Mr Shezi. His family is receiving support from the university.”

University management appealed to anybody with information to contact either Naidoo, the campus vice-principal for support services or the head of protection services.

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