Student’s death in Turkey shocks

2017-06-07 06:01
Motsheoa Valencia Motaunyana   Photo: Facebook

Motsheoa Valencia Motaunyana Photo: Facebook

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Free State Premier Ace Magashule has expressed his shock regarding the untimely death of Motsheoa Valencia Motaunyana, who died in Turkey.

She reportedly died on Saturday (03/06) after a short illness.

The deceased, originating from Kroonstad, was a first-year Engineering student at Turkey’s Bahcesehir University (BAU).

“The Free State and South Africa has lost a potential engineer whose contribution would have assisted to make our country a better country. We are indeed saddened,” said Magashule in a statement.

Tiisetso Makhele, spokesperson for the premier, said Motaunyana had reportedly experienced recurring flu-like symptoms.

He said a team of health experts and specialists of the province had been dispatched to assess her condition.

“It was established that the condition of the student needed serious medical attention and that she was unable to travel back to South Africa due to the contagious nature of her condition,” said Makhele.

“We are awaiting a post mortem report which will provide details regarding the actual cause of death.”

Makhele said Motaunyana’s funeral was planned for 17 June, depending on the finalisation of arrangements with the bereaved family.

He said the provincial government had sent an official to Turkey to co-ordinate with the South African Embassy there for the repatriation of the body of the deceased.

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