Search for missing UFS student continues

By Drum Digital
15 October 2014

The search for a University of the Free State (UFS) student who went missing last week continued on Wednesday morning, the university said.

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

"Nothing further thus far and we just trying to see what we can do," he said.

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

"The students wanted to study at the campus facilities, as 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 (SAPS)."

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 SAPS units - dogs, helicopter and divers - searching the area over the weekend until [Tuesday] 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.

Source : Sapa

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