Wits investigating case of student who went missing

2016-10-17 16:02
Wits students protest the curfew imposed. (News24)

Wits students protest the curfew imposed. (News24)

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Johannesburg - University of the Witwatersrand management does not yet know what happened to a student who went missing on Sunday night.  

The student, Arthur Mohamelwa, was found in the early hours of Monday morning, the university said.

"The matter is being investigated by campus control and the dean of students is working on bringing the student back to campus," Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel said.

Patel said Mohamelwa's phone was off and she could not say where he had been. 

The dean of students was arranging transport for him to come back to campus, Patel said. The university was hoping to gain clarity from him on what had happened once he was back. 

Students said on social media that police arrested Mohamelwa, took him to Limpopo, and dumped him in a veld. 

National police spokesperson Brigadier Sally de Beer said Mohamelwa should open a case. Police were willing to liaise with the university to send an officer to get an affidavit from him.

On Monday morning, Wits students started two fires on public roads, including one at an intersection, and a bus stop in Parktown, Patel said.

Patel said police took control of the situation and traffic was flowing freely.

"We have reports of students trying to blockade the entrances to residences and in three cases tried to lock students into residences. All these issues have been resolved," she said.

Meanwhile, former Wits SRC president Mcebo Dlamini appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday, on charges of public violence, theft, malicious damage to property, and assault.

Prosecutor Steven Rubin said the case needed to be postponed to Tuesday so Dlamini's address could be verified. Dlamini had provided police with his Wits University residence address. Rubin said this address could not be accepted because the institution would be closing in a matter of weeks.

Dlamini's lawyer, Mongezi Ntanga, said he had provided his mother's address. Rubin said police would verify this.

Dlamini would remain in custody at the Cleveland police station.


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