Love triangle turns deadly at Rhodes University

2014-04-27 15:00

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The 21-year-old Rhodes University student who died in a shooting incident in the early hours of yesterday morning may have been part of a love triangle that turned deadly.

Police in the Eastern Cape have opened an inquest docket to determine how Amanda Tweyi died.

She was allegedly killed by a man who then turned his gun on himself. But sources close to the investigation have told City Press the shooting happened after Tweyi’s 34-year-old boyfriend found her in another student’s room.

“We understand that the man, who is said to be the boyfriend of this Rhodes student, went to the university twice, first at 3am and could not find the lady. He then went back at 6am and found the lady in another man’s residence. A confrontation ensued. The other man fled. A couple of shots were fired,” said a police source.

“There were between four and five shots. The young woman was hiding under the bed and the man [her boyfriend] thought he had actually shot her and turned the gun on himself,” said the source.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Luvuyo Mjekula said police had responded to reports of a shooting at the university and, upon arriving at the Cullen Bowles House residence, discovered the bodies of a man and a woman.

The man’s body had a bullet wound in the head, which led to police to suspect that he might have shot himself.

“Police have opened an inquest docket to establish the actual cause of the woman’s death. She had no visible wounds,” Mjekula said.

He said police suspected that Tweyi could have been strangled or had died of a heart attack, but he did not want to speculate.

“There are no visible wounds on the woman’s body, which completely rules out the possibility of her dying as a result of being shot, hence we have opened the inquest docket to determine the actual cause of her death,” Mjekula said.

The identity of the man could not be released because his family had not yet been notified.

Rhodes’ dean of students, Vivian de Klerk, said Tweyi was a second-year bachelor of science student from King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape.

“I very much regret to announce the death of one of our students, Ms Amanda Tweyi, this morning. Another person who is not a Rhodes student also died in the unfortunate incident, which occurred at Cullen Bowles House,” De Klerk said.

De Klerk said students in the affected residences – Cullen Bowles and Tweyi’s own residence, Rosa Parks House, were receiving counselling and a crisis line was also in operation.

She said arrangements for a memorial service would be announced in due course.

In 2003, 22-year-old Zimbabwean-born Rhodes University student Boitumelo Manyadioane was stabbed to death in her residence, Olive Schreiner House, by her boyfriend, who was arrested and later killed himself. She was in her third year of journalism.

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