Blind student will attend graduation after attack

2015-06-30 15:23
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Johannesburg - A blind student at the University of the Witwatersrand will attend her graduation ceremony on Tuesday, despite having been attacked on campus last week. 

Sisanda Msekele, who is currently reading for a PhD, will receive her Master's degree. 

"The university can confirm that Ms Msekele was attacked on Friday afternoon following an argument with the alleged perpetrator," Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel told News24.

"She was rushed to hospital where she was treated for her injuries. She was discharged today and is preparing for her graduation this afternoon [Tuesday]."

Patel said a criminal case had been opened at the Hillbrow police station.

"The university is extremely saddened by this disgraceful incident and we are doing all we can to support Sisanda through this difficult period."

Patel said the university could not disclose any personal information about Msekele or her injuries. 

"The incident occurred on Wits’ campus (the Amic deck) and the university is assisting the police in every way it can with the investigation.”   

The deck is a walkway linking the east and west campuses above the M1 highway. 

Patel said the university was reviewing CCTV footage of the incident to help find Msekele's attacker. 

Hillbrow police could not be immediately reached for comment. 

Student newspaper Wits Vuvuzela reported on its website that Msekele was attacked by another student. 

According to a tweet by Radio 702 presenter Redi Tlhabi, her attacker allegedly mocked her "dream of a PhD". 

The student newspaper reported in February that the anthropology masters' student faced homelessness and debt of nearly R100 000 before receiving financial assistance from the university and the department of higher education. 

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