Foreign student attacked at KZN varsity

2012-11-04 14:31

Durban - A Norwegian foreign exchange student was attacked and robbed at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the Sunday Tribune reports.

Rakel Fastings, 21, was stabbed repeatedly while using her laptop computer in a classroom in the Shepstone building, at UKZN's Howard college, on Wednesday, 24 October 18:00.

Her attacker stabbed her 24 times, in the neck, face and shoulders.

A friend of hers, who was not named, told the Tribune: "He didn't say anything to her as he stabbed her. It was totally unprovoked. She told him he didn't have to hurt her."

The attacker, believed to be a student, dropped the laptop as he was chased. He got away.

Fastings had been in South Africa for four months, doing a third-year course in community development. She returned to Norway with her mother on Friday.

University spokesperson Nomonde Mbadi said the police and the university were investigating.

  • leonard.menge - 2012-11-04 14:38

    The wild south.....

      giovanni.izar - 2012-11-12 10:45

      The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. NOW PULL YOURSELVES TOGETHER South Africans (and the rest of the planet) start by joining your neighborhood watch. (Truth is you will have the time of your life there.)

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-11-04 14:45

    Exporting our pathetic credentials!

  • Cpho Addwin Featherbird - 2012-11-04 14:49

    Ukzn, any cameras or Securities?

      william.nigh.5 - 2012-11-05 11:54

      Money for security was diverted to Nkandla

      william.nigh.5 - 2012-11-05 11:55

      Along with money for textbooks.

      william.nigh.5 - 2012-11-05 11:55

      Remaining textbooks now being used as firewood for Nkandla

  • mark.wren.311 - 2012-11-04 14:49

    I have read the comments on News24 a number of times and have declined to comment due to the non stop racialism and diabtribe. However, I feel that I need to comment on this article. The road this country is taking will lead to nothing but despair. The unfortunate young lady will return to her country and spread nothing but hatred about our fair land. To say I am disgusted would be an understaement. \Stab, Kill, Rape, Murder, Theft.\ Is this all we know? Come on people!!!!

  • eduard.marais.5 - 2012-11-04 14:51


  • alf.pop - 2012-11-04 14:55

    Norway was one of the countries that kept donating money to the ANC prior to their unbanning! By attacking a Norwegian citizen we are sending the right message! It happened at a institution of higher education! Is this Nzimande's way of promoting higher education? I hope Norway will say "NO WAY" to investments and further financial support for a corrupt, and obviously retarded, twisted bunch of criminals!

  • thandolwethu.fani - 2012-11-04 14:58

    All the Police were were sent 2 Zumaville to deny madam Zille access

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-11-04 15:08

    And if they catch him he will do time in the big hotel watching tv and getting 3 meals a day. I'm all for african justice, they would fix him in the rural areas, once and for all.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-11-04 15:10

    At one stage Norway use to stay strongly against the old regime and put their 5 cents worthy into pressurizing SA. That's what we have now with your help, guys.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-11-04 15:17

    Her sin.Blond hair and blue eyes.

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-11-04 15:18

    Speechless, WOW !!

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-04 15:18

    some people are worse than savages. how can you that to another human being ? 24 times. jeez !

  • khethukuthula.mkize - 2012-11-04 15:25

    I believe that parents contemplating takin their kids to UKZN be warned. At UKZN students have been raped, their property stolen (which has become a norm in the residence) some have been assaulted inside their residence and the security does nothing about it. Outsiders gain access into the University without being searched resulting into students being stabbed such as this Norwagian student. This institution has become playgroung for criminals; students are offered incompetent securities, management offers no assistance; it a jungle. Something must been done swiftly.

      londi.g - 2012-11-04 23:03

      I agree with you khethukuthula, i dont think the issue here is race/ politics and its quite narrow-minded to reduce it to that. but the focus of our questions should be how the university of kzn could let such an act among others happen to students in its vacinity and care. all these comments that racialise this issue show that we have a long way to go as a country if we still see every incident as black vs white.

      william.nigh.5 - 2012-11-05 11:58

      Except...the assailant was a student.

      tracy.g.basson - 2012-11-05 15:27

      Typical - don't blame the criminal - shame, he just wanted a computer and only stabbed her 24 times. Eish, lets rather blame UKZN. Whatever!!

      duane.low - 2012-11-17 08:58

      i must say i am warmed at hart to see non white possitive comments, but realy people the change starts at the top because that is where we take our role model and examples from (well some do?) this is not about race, i would think, but more about the enviroment we create to allow this type of behaviour to grow ..... when we raise our standards we reject bad actions that seam ok. Time SA punish more serve violent crime, bring back the death penalty. disapline is what should rule not a color on your skin. look at those countries that have swift justice systems, strict punishment..... SADLY a black political party will NEVER allow the killing of black criminals. let your vote speak for you!

  • TheunisNaude - 2012-11-04 15:29

    Absolutely disgusting. Wonder if the death penalty would deter people if it was introduced again? Prison would be less full, and bas...ds like these would think twice before they just gave into there savage tendencies. But no use having proper laws, when theres no one to enforce them, of when our own president is the biggest criminal of them all. Crime pays well in SA!!!

  • robynrobertsbridal - 2012-11-04 15:31

    this is absolutely bloody disgusting. A disgrace to our beautiful land.We really are in a mess and crime is not down!!!

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-11-04 15:31

    ...and the criminal bacillus continues to ravage our country!

  • morrisn2 - 2012-11-04 15:32

    Its disgraceful and sad, one would have hoped DA marched there rather than wasting @ zuma village. No human being deserves this, its simply inhumane!

      tracy.g.basson - 2012-11-05 15:30

      Well, if they had spent 248 million rand on upgrading UKZN then we probably wouldn't have this type of problem, as laptops could've been issued to every student as they registered. The money spent at Nkandla could've prevented lots of crime in other places. Once again, money used (abused) in the wrong places and the general public continue to suffer.

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-11-04 15:33

    KZN Zoompie's stronghold. Makes you think?

  • christian.manzi.5 - 2012-11-04 15:39

    This comes to contribute to what many have been saying that violence in SA is getting out of hands.

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2012-11-04 15:41

    @Johanna I think that this is the start of genocide in South Africa. Wasnt the term "cocroaches" used repeatedly over the airwaves in Ruanda prior to the Genocide there???? The same dirty tactics that led to the barbaric murder of thousands of innocent people there.

  • AdolfX - 2012-11-04 15:43

    Time for a name change, they should call this the Jacob Zuma University of Technology. Well done my son, show them Europeans what we're made of.

  • Suzanne Viljoen - 2012-11-04 15:43

    PLEASE READ again Dawid

  • quintez.nabal - 2012-11-04 15:45

    Country of the year strikes again!!!and then JZ tells the press to stop reporting negatively on the country.....that's rather laughable considering what this poor student and her mother is going to tell the outside world of our country now!!!......sad ,sad ,sad!!!....maybe if our presi stops marrying so much and building massive houses for himself and put that money and resources to better use like maybe actually leading the country and protecting the people in it then maybe just maybe the press might have something better to report on!!!

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-11-04 15:45

    Another one learns about reality. Pity it was such a hard lesson. Hope she gets well soon.

  • goldwright - 2012-11-04 16:02

    Absolutely disgusting behaviour - these kids are supposed to be at varsity to learn, to be the future of our country....... then again, what do you expect when the politicians of this country are still killing each other?

  • Alice - 2012-11-04 16:05

    South Africa is not an attractive country for int students to pursue their studies in it anymore . I hope this makes headlines around the world for foreign students that have intentions to study in SA, to always look out for these kinds of risks associated with violence, hi-jackings and murders.They are only attracted by the fact that SA tertiary tuition fees are very affordable compared to Western tuition fees. I wish her a speedy recovery.

      lesleyb.smit - 2012-11-04 16:36

      Why are international students given places when there is discrimination against our own people (Indian/White/Colored) who are academically brilliant? I wish her well - she was brutalized in an area that should have been secure. The piece of cowardly shyte didn't even get away with the laptop!!

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-04 16:06

    Good God what is wrong with our people, does this mean they will even rob blind people as well(disgusting). Then in order for us to build a brighter nation we have to stop politicizing everything and attack one another on social networks because that habit won build us instead it distract us. Minister of safety and security this is another wake up call for you to start with very strict security measures in our country. Let's bring the hangman back!!

  • jon.jones.90663894 - 2012-11-04 16:12

    From another media source --- Campus security was called and the first thing they asked for was her student card. " She was covered in blood and that’s what they ask for" he said. Yep -- I kid you not. Of course they would never have asked to see the piece of breathing meats' student pass would they. he was probably displaying his AND party 'memba''s card.

  • bcluley - 2012-11-04 16:15

    Worse than anc viva!

  • hughmupfunya - 2012-11-04 16:20

    oh no. what an embarrassment, as a foreign student I am puzzled and highly disturbed....... the nation's reputation is now degraded.........

      Sam - 2012-11-05 13:03

      NOW degraded??? Where have you been the last 18 years??

  • mulalo.musenwa - 2012-11-04 16:37

    Give that bastard a Great peole's justice

  • schmee.gol - 2012-11-04 16:51

    See Mr Zuma, your inability to act on crime speaks much louder than any of your citizens could ever shout. It is your inability to lead that speaks this country down.

  • ozzie.oz1 - 2012-11-04 17:10

    Why is this only being reported now when the student has already left South African soil?

  • theo.oberholzer - 2012-11-04 17:18

    ...this is what you can expect when the undomesticated majority rule a country.

      Rational100 - 2012-11-05 06:11

      ....I suppose then it is fair to say it was an African that sprayed 80 students with bullets on an island up North in an unprovoked fit of rage just last year!!

  • michal.mierzwa - 2012-11-04 17:57

    And who would have thought that Howard Campus is safe?

      mshiniboys - 2012-11-05 11:54

      I studiesd there and i know shepstone is always guarded by security pesronel especially offices.i think the story has not been properly researched

  • raz.mseleku - 2012-11-04 19:42

    I was fortunate enough to have met and been friends with Rakel and the other Norwegian exchange students such as Stian who commented earlier. This is extremely tragic and should never happen at a place many of us go to further our knowledge and education. However some of these comments are very disturbing, showing ignorance to those who too are educated. \Zulus are animals\? Is there proof that the attacker was indeed Zulu? Howard College has a vast diversity of all races, cultures, nationalities etc so I find that comment highly idiotic! Yes, you who said it, you're an idiot! I'll leave you with that...

  • Erna - 2012-11-04 19:48

    While people on the street aren't safe anywhere in this country - not in your own home, not in hospital, not at varsity, zuma is getting 'security' to the value of R250million with underground bunkers!

      klaas.mphego - 2012-11-04 20:09

      So these thugs don't attack blacks??? Come on!!

      Erna - 2012-11-04 20:49

      I didn't notice that I mentioned race! People in the street are all races. So are people in hospitals, in their homes and at varsity. Don't change the meaning of my comment!

      Erna - 2012-11-04 20:52

      My first word is WHILE not white!!

      jacowium - 2012-11-05 11:44

      Ai, Klaas. Reading glasses go for about R60-R80 at Clicks. Would be a good investment for you.

  • peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-11-04 20:23

    And I remember how totally safe the campus used to be - admittedly in the 60s. In the four years I was there I cannot remember a single case of theft, rape, stolen vehicle or any other crime. Biggest problems were an intrusive Special Branch and some students getting seriously drunk at float-building! The times, they keep changing.

  • klaas.mphego - 2012-11-04 20:44

    The comments ppl make on this site make me racist by the. I dont hate white ppl (or at least yet). Its wrong for u guys to judge all of us based on the actions of the few. Its sad. Really...

      Erna - 2012-11-04 20:58

      Maybe you should read the comments properly! I said 'whiLe people' NOT whiTe people!

      tracy.g.basson - 2012-11-05 15:39

      Unfortunately its not the actions of a few, its the actions of many many many criminals that bring about the racist hatred. Its the murders, the robberies, the thefts, the breaking of rules etc and this is just in my family. I know you'll give me a thousand reasons for the crime, but that just doesn't do it for me, crime is crime and I'm sick and tired of people trying to make excuses for it.

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-11-04 21:06

    That's KZN you must know

  • rebiditswe.senzo - 2012-11-04 21:21


  • paul.davidsonii.3 - 2012-11-04 21:22

    While we pray for her, we trust this won't jeopardize the relationship between the two countries...

  • camille.burger - 2012-11-04 21:40

    Jip, another brick in the wall...

  • julie.khan3 - 2012-11-04 21:53

    I feel so embarassed!!!

  • gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-11-04 22:16

    Oh yeah...wall of shame moment right there...its no wonder foreign investors pull out...

  • octavius.colquhoun - 2012-11-04 22:30

    Claudia Meade you are seriously evil. You need to go and live in 1930s Germany.

  • masamune.azeem - 2012-11-04 22:48

    by kyle.diedricks.9 1.To answer the questions of where the other students were, the girl was attacked in the evening, in classroom which is in a building that is relatively devoid of any students after 5 in the evening, worse still during the exam period. 2.The racist comments are particularly offensive considering that it was in fact black people( although to me this really is irrelevant) who not only chased down the perpetrator but rushed her to hospital in their own car after it was determined that the ambulance was taking too long. I am a student at that University, what happened is terrible, but to paint all black people or even a cultural group with the same brush is truly ignorance of the highest order, and it angers me. The perpetrator could be purple for all I care, that shouldn't be the issue, are we really that small minded as South Africans? The real issue at hand here is crime. I love South Africa, I love the people here, this country has problems yes, big ones, but are we doing any good by sitting on forums complaining, spewing racist nonsense? Come on!

      jacowium - 2012-11-05 11:54

      Thank you for the perspective, Masamune - much needed here. Still, incidents like these happen way too frequently (amongst and within all colour-groups) in SA, and when something like this happens which is bound to attract international attention, emotion replaces reason. This is not about race at all, yet it's inevitable that many will see it in that context. It's not rational, but we all live in such a warped reality. So, there are two dimensions of sadness here - for the victim, and our country. I can only wish Rakel a speedy recovery and a happy life ahead, and may she maintain good relations with her South African friends.

      LynneOeschger - 2012-11-05 12:06

      Masamune - could not agree with you more. This default race setting is nonsense. We have real issues to deal with and colour is certainly not one.

  • mista.brown1 - 2012-11-04 22:54

    He must be hunted down, found, and hanged by the ba**ls

      willem.kotze.3781 - 2012-11-05 15:29

      No, he must be hunted down, found and stabbed 24 times!

      tracy.g.basson - 2012-11-05 15:41

      Yes Willem, stabbed 24 times in the ba**ls. That should do it.

  • mutinta.mutinti - 2012-11-04 23:01

    It is very interesting to observe how South Africans behave when they are faced with challenges. People are quick to point a finger at the majority and not deal with the issue at hand. I am convinced that not only the majority are involved in criminal activities.

  • bongane.zwane.948 - 2012-11-04 23:48

    Welcome to Survivor S.A where everyone is a victim of something.