WSU protester falls through skylight, dies

2012-02-27 16:35

Johannesburg - A 20-year-old student fell to his death at the Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha on Monday after violence erupted on the campus, Eastern Cape police said.

"He was on the roof of a campus building with many other students," said Lieutenant Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela.

"Some of them were throwing stones at police."

The student apparently stepped on a plastic skylight and fell through.

He was from Bizana and studying a course in the education field. Thirteen other students were arrested for public violence.

Earlier, police said protesting students blockaded roads with rubbish bins, iron rods and other items.

"They were extremely violent. They damaged property, burnt tyres and papers, and threw stones at police and other people."

Police vehicles were damaged, but no injuries were reported. Police fired rubber bullets at the crowd to try and disperse it.

About 1 000 students had been protesting since 6am on the Nelson Mandela Drive campus. Fatyela said students were demanding passes even though they had failed their tests.

The crowd began dispersing after 15:40.

  • Leon - 2012-02-27 16:40

    "...students were demanding passes..." I thought the whole pass thing was abandoned many years ago?

      Bardy - 2012-02-27 16:43

      What passes are they talking about?

      snylo - 2012-02-27 17:23

      Any reason to demand! Soon no students will even be required to attwnd classes, their degree will just be given to them!

      Fanie - 2012-02-27 17:37

      ..hie hie hie!!!

      Sean - 2012-02-27 18:36

      That is all these inbeciles can do , demand demand demand , but they don`t want to work for anything !! Why can`t the police use live rounds ??

      Dirk - 2012-02-28 07:58

      Must be "Dom Passes" they want

      Peter-Peter - 2012-02-28 08:10

      f***...the stupidity amazes me. How in their right minds, can they expect to get passes when they failed?? WTF is happening in this country?? lol its an ACTUAL madhouse?!?!

      Michelle - 2012-02-28 08:42

      They wanted to be passed on the tests even though they had failed - typical want the results but not prepared to work for anything!

      Siphiwo - 2012-02-28 08:52

      I thought so too Leon... you just gave me a good laugh! Nobody wants to plant the corn but raid the barn...

      yolie.Landa - 2012-02-28 09:49

      what the hell were they doing on top of the roof throwing stones? I wish he rest in pieces. How I wish he didnt die alone... Its about damn time these student know that u study to get a 'pass' its not granted for free like the RDP houses

  • Sharon - 2012-02-27 16:40

    New course at universities: Rioting 101 Lesson One: Where not to stand when rioting....

      Keelvol - 2012-02-27 16:45

      or lets try something simpler - gravity 101

      Tony - 2012-02-27 18:06

      First Module - The Earth sucks!

      Wt - 2012-02-28 08:09

      Don’t think the world lost a cancer cure... maybe a petrol attendant

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-28 09:15

      Ag, gravity is just a theory..

      Newsmonger - 2012-02-29 08:33

      The hand out took one step to far.

  • mike.bester1 - 2012-02-27 16:41

    Good, bet he won’t do that again !

      Lwando Zondwa-Ziintshaba Poni - 2012-02-27 16:49

      OMG OMG OMG your comment is hilarious.... hahahaha I nearly peed myself.

      jaz82 - 2012-02-27 16:55

      tog net nie pee nie

      Ben - 2012-02-27 17:03

      Sorry for his parents.

  • Rory - 2012-02-27 16:44

    Ha Ha. Death can actually be funny...

  • Grimmister - 2012-02-27 16:44

    I know that it would be inappropriate to laugh...ARGH...what the heck..hehehehe

  • Croca - 2012-02-27 16:45

    Evolution in action "....students were demanding passes even though they had failed their tests." WTF??

      Isabella - 2012-02-27 16:58

      I agree Croca, WTF??? Am I missing something here?

      Fanie - 2012-02-27 17:41

      I give up - there is no salvation for this lot. I wash my hands at them - you think just maybe, maybe one will be better - then you discover he/she was ecktilly betta and an absolute eye dee 10 tee

      Jean-Louis - 2012-02-28 11:11

      but that are the guys we have in governement !!!!

  • Keelvol - 2012-02-27 16:47

    weee demand free ed..........splat!

      Penny-wise - 2012-02-27 16:52

      I think you might have just coined a new phrase. An 'edusplat'

      Koos - 2012-02-27 17:35

      Hahahahaha brilliant! Next we will hear that gravity is racist......

      Gavin - 2012-02-28 10:15

      Koos, the racist, white, capitalist west "invented" gravity. Who else can you blame ?

      Jean-Louis - 2012-02-28 11:13

      but that what they tought is was - free education = free diplomas !!!!!

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-02-28 11:50

      Bwahahahah, I feel bad to laugh, but then. So what ... @Penny-wise, good one !!!

  • stretch.lawrence - 2012-02-27 16:48


  • Helmut - 2012-02-27 16:50

    I am sooooooo sad

  • francois.delange - 2012-02-27 16:53

    Mind your step! Hooligan.

      Poloyatonki - 2012-02-27 18:44

      hahahhaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahah thanks laugh...

  • nibishaka - 2012-02-27 16:54

    hahahha..students were demanding passe..and he passed away!

      Penny-wise - 2012-02-27 16:57

      maybe he thought it was the roof of the indoor pool. Some sicko pulled the plug out. b@stards.

  • Den - 2012-02-27 16:56


  • Simon Gibson - 2012-02-27 16:57

    A+ he passed!

  • Larry - 2012-02-27 17:00

    The mentality of the guy. What was he doing anywhere near a University.

  • Jadon - 2012-02-27 17:00

    This poor fellow was only exercising his democratic right to act like an absolute tosser. Be like the skylight and give him a break.

  • butch.poulter - 2012-02-27 17:05

    Isnt 30% the pass rate?? How could he not see the light at the end of skylight.

      Heibrin - 2012-02-27 17:13

      Me thinks he definitely saw the light at the end of the skylight. Never saw Poltergeist though: do NOT go into the light....

      Jean-Louis - 2012-02-28 11:18

      if 30% is the pass rate - what is the rate of all there guys who wants admission ? Means they has less tha 30% ? = 2 answers out of 10 correct and bingo I am an rocket scientist - give me my diploma !!!

  • Pieter890 - 2012-02-27 17:07

    Don't the students realise they are making their University look so pathetic in the media that it might just render their qualification almost useless... You can protest and state your argument, but at least do it half decently!

      snylo - 2012-02-27 17:28

      So typical of these fellows who are so fond of rioting and demanding etc, they just don't see the light! In this case, he didn't see the sky-light either, tcha tcha!

      Jean-Louis - 2012-02-28 11:20

      correct - that varsity is loosing status ! immagine something like that at Yale varsity ?

  • Ben Nel - 2012-02-27 17:09

    Darwin award

  • Siphiwo - 2012-02-27 17:12

    Fellow countrymen, I see disturbing comments here on the death of a student. I agree the ' demands to pass', is not the way to go. You cannot demand to pass even though you failed if the assertion by the writers is anything to go by here. I believe, we must comment with dignity here, this is death and we must respect that, no matter how we feel. Let us show maturity in our comments at all times.

      Joan - 2012-02-27 17:27

      You are right Siphiwo - but those who make inappropriate and cruel comments will be rewarded - what goes around comes around and no one is exempt from the laws of karma.

      Vernon - 2012-02-27 18:01

      very sad to see these sick and obviously racist comments. Do not agree with the students behaviour but then lets face it a nation that does lead its people from the top will experience this kind of behaviour. I feel deeply saddened for his family and the moral character of our nation.

      mike.clery - 2012-02-27 21:06

      @Vernon - the death of the student is tragic, but you would have got these sorts of comments from anywhere in the world under the same circumstances. It IS Darwin award stuff and has nothing to do with racism.

      mike.clery - 2012-02-27 23:51

      @Sipho Jimmy Mvukuzo. You may be right about the racist comments - I tend to skip over them because they contribute nothing constructive and are usually from the same people. (I need to add that no one group has a monopoly on racist comments - they come from across the spectrum). And I agree that it's wrong to laugh about the death of someone, specially someone so young. The point I was making is that the majority of comments are what you could expect to see on the Internet if this had happened anywhere in the world, and by far the majority of them make no reference to race at all, not even by inference, so it's wrong to regard them as racial slurs.

      John - 2012-02-28 00:21

      Yes Siphiwo... Its a death and its unfortunate. It was not his demand to pass that did him in, but his behavior. My taxes went towards his education, and the skylight. When you go dancing on a skylight and see your ass..... I'm gonna laugh at your stupidity. @ Joan... I guess the failure who danced on the skylight was not exempt from the "laws of karma" either...

      Michelle - 2012-02-28 08:48

      Siphiwo - do you for one minute think this student would have had an iota of remorse if a stone he threw hit and killed someone? NO however, yes it is cruel to make fun of his death

  • Faizie - 2012-02-27 17:13

    Was he studying theology, now he can

      Pete - 2012-02-28 07:12

      Faize, he was studying economics, now he's in history

  • Thabiso Senior - 2012-02-27 17:14

    its too bad, atleast da comrade died on war

      Koos - 2012-02-27 17:37

      I DEMAND.... SPLAT! If this is how you fight a war then bring it on.

      Sarel Brits - 2012-02-27 17:57

      Now the comrade was safaring of stupiosis died of a accidental gravity overdose

      edwardsch - 2012-02-27 18:03

      What rubbish are you talking Thabiso? What WAR??????????????????

      Penny-wise - 2012-02-27 19:43

      Hey Thabiso, I know people at Standard Bank. Guess what? You're fired you idiot !!!

      Billy - 2012-02-27 22:49

      If Thabiso Senior can make such a stupid comment, I would hate to see what Thabiso Junior's IQ level is....

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-28 09:20

      Thabs, you die IN a war not ON a war... and besides, there was no war, just a bunch of ungrateful hooligans acting like complete self entitled morons and someone paid the ultimate price for that...

      DraganTrenk - 2012-02-28 09:48

      Are you plain stupid or just provoking the rest of us? You better start a war against stupidity and primitivism.

      Thys - 2012-02-28 11:47

      Thabiso !!!! What War?!!! The war on having to actually pay and work for that which you want. We (as in every other nation in the whole world over the course of 2000 years) had a good system where YOU EARN WHAT YOU HAVE. If you want something that you can't afford or earn, work harder. South Africa is the only country in the WORLD where corrective action, favours both the RULING PARTY, and THE MAJORITY. YOUR MENTALITY actually SHOCKS ME!!!

  • Pawel - 2012-02-27 17:14

    Guess his superman atempt was a epic fail...

      Billy - 2012-02-27 22:50

      How does the song go.."I know I can't fly, I'm really not that naive...SPLAT!"

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-02-27 17:18

    How the hell do their minds work to think by protesting they will pass rather than hard work ... at least one of them received a pass ... onto the next world :)_E

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-02-27 17:22

    This doesnt come as much of a suprise, sumthing tragic was bound to happen @ that university.

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-02-27 17:23

    This doesnt come as much of a suprise, sumthing tragic was bound to happen @ that university.

  • Bibi - 2012-02-27 17:24

    How can you demand a pass if you failed? Do they want to become qualified teachers/engineers/accountants/doctors with a no pass? To enter any profession guys, you unfortunately have to work hard (aim for more tha 30% in matric)and in univetsity you have to work even harder. And on top of that destroy and vandalise buildings that are being maintained and paid for by tax payer's money. This really gives the youth a bad name - a deserved one. Is this what the Malema followers look like.

      Koos - 2012-02-27 17:39

      My question... how then hell do you fail? 30%.... gee! You must be as dumb as a rock to fail at that!

      Heibrin - 2012-02-28 01:15

      @Bibi: no, this is what the results of the 'We demand' culture looks like. No wonder our kids come out of school knowing nothing.

  • Lwando Zondwa-Ziintshaba Poni - 2012-02-27 17:26

    No, they were all protesting for various reasons, some wanted a chance to write an auto supp, which is a WSU regulation that if someone is left with only one module they are given a chance to rewrite -supp. For some reason they are refused to do so. Others were excluded even though everyone was said to have been allowed to register owing or not. But apparently some were not allowed. There are residences that were not opened up to be occupied and thus students from other provinces became homeless - so to say thus frustration. The cop is telling a half truth. Nonetheless, this is very bad for our University, one more year and I'm out. I was really hoping this new Administrator would be able to change things around for us 'cause Balintulo was a douche...

  • Siyambuka Archibald Sikrweqe - 2012-02-27 17:33

    I feel sorry for his Parents, I hope this is gonna b a lesson to other student. They mst stop abusing their right to demonstrate.

      Koos - 2012-02-27 17:41

      Maybe they should stop "demanding" and start learning.

      Lwando Zondwa-Ziintshaba Poni - 2012-02-27 17:48

      Oh trust me, it wont be the last time as long as theres the ANCYL and SASCO in the University.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-28 09:21

      SASCO being the main rabble rousers..

  • yvonnecraig.linton - 2012-02-27 17:34

    Is this called skylight diving ?

  • Kai - 2012-02-27 17:42

    In an interview his teacher emotionally recalls their last conversation, "hey Sir look at me" "well if you fall off that roof and break both of your legs, don't come running to me".

  • Victor - 2012-02-27 17:51

    Moral of the story!!!! Work for what u want to achieve, not toy toy

  • Francois - 2012-02-27 17:58

    we need a new government.this one is not able to cope with the monster they created!

      Earl H Tshutsha - 2012-02-27 18:35

      That's True Francois, Blade Nzimande leadership is blatantly poor. How would you pronounce this closed door policy which is used by these vice-chancellors. A lot need to be done. Civil society where are you xa-kunje?

  • Sarel Brits - 2012-02-27 18:01

    He`s was not inside He`s was onnnn top, And this comrade was supposed to teach one day.

      Merven - 2012-02-29 08:49

      Magic man! Now you see him, now you don't.

  • Khutso Rele Mokgosi - 2012-02-27 18:07

    As a student myself this is just embarrassing. when will these students realise that we not living in the apartheid era when striking and public voilent protest were the only ways our voice could be heard. 1st it was ukzn now its wsu. whose next?

  • Pumela-Madosini MamakaSive Mangcwina Bebeza - 2012-02-27 18:10

    Thats really sad, its a pit that when u toy toying u dnt knw what wud b the outcomes. May the soul R. I. P.........

  • James - 2012-02-27 18:10


  • Sarel Brits - 2012-02-27 18:18

    Famous last words “Hey Tabo check this”

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-02-27 18:25

    FAIL !!!

  • Shirley - 2012-02-27 18:37

    No great loss! It boils down to the choices you make!

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-02-27 18:40

    The only time to be on any roof is either to fix something on the roof, or the world is coming to an end and it's the safest place.

  • Morama - 2012-02-27 18:55

    The comments below are the true reflection true rainbow nation which is far from uniting to overcome the corrupt ANC-led government.

      Penny-wise - 2012-02-27 19:01

      Morama I wouldn't read too much into this article's comments. They more laughing at these idiot student who demand to pass, instead of just getting back into class and learning like that rest of mankind. These comments have nothing to do with being a rainbow nation.

  • - 2012-02-27 19:14

    The ANC’s violent history of anti-establishment protests and civil disobedience, with slogans like “Liberation before Education” is coming to bite them in their backsides

  • - 2012-02-27 19:16

    The ANC’s violent history of anti-establishment protests and civil disobedience, with slogans like “Liberation before Education” is coming to bite them in their backsides

  • Anele Mveku - 2012-02-27 19:19

    Now I know not to believe everything I read, I wish you people before publishing the story you should have got a student's opinion because we are not striking for a pass even though we failed but then again your main concern is to sell news. The media just lost my respect

      Penny-wise - 2012-02-27 19:27

      " we are not striking for a pass even though we failed " LOL LOL LOL !!! Why not go back to school, work hard (like the rest of mankind) and pass !!! It's not rocket science lady. Geez !!!

      mike.clery - 2012-02-27 20:53

      So what ARE you striking for?

      Penny-wise - 2012-02-27 21:22

      @Mike - because it's less work than actual studies. You know, the lazy way out ... Typical

  • Tshona Snovuyo - 2012-02-27 19:39

    SABC & Media: U will get what is coming 2 you 1 day! You can't perpetually publish wrong information for the sake of selling; you should have consulted students and hear their view because I'm sure your useless and lanky bastards(fatyela) don't even know how to spell "fail" nor "pass". Up until you get your facts straight, you will rot in HELL( whr u belong ). ANC is K**K!

  • Aphrodite - 2012-02-27 20:32

    The moral of the story?? People on glass roofs.... shouldn't throw stones!!

      Billy - 2012-02-27 22:57

      or people on glass skylights shouldn't get stoned

  • Deanne Burkimsher - 2012-02-27 20:55

    I love the funeral cover ad at the end of the report. Now that's clever marketing! I bet the guy that came up with that didn't jump around on a roof top in a feable attempt to make a point

  • Rob - 2012-02-27 21:13

    Personally, I think he was eavesdropping.

      Billy - 2012-02-27 22:59

      No Rob - He was just dropping

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-02-27 21:18

    I am not surprised this dude failed his exam . 1st rule of violent protesting. Don't Toyi Toyi on a glass skylight six stories up.

      Penny-wise - 2012-02-27 21:23

      You would think hey? Unless he doesn't actually have a brain, then it's an honest mistake ...

  • Sipho Jimmy Mvukuzo - 2012-02-27 22:51

    Judging by the racist,insensitive,arrogant n stupid coments u make,I doudbt if education hz done anything 2 u guyz,u nothing bt fool n disgrace,u cn try 2 b smart all u want it,I cudn care less.nxaa.

      Gavin - 2012-02-28 10:19

      Sipho, c u nt very good at English.

      Avish Sesona Sese Mbantsa - 2013-07-26 04:12

      Taylor even if Sipho is nt good in english,what i lyk is tht u've heard wht he's trying to say,U ar fools indeed.Is it bcoz u ar BLOODY WHITES tht u dont feel the pain of loosing sumone u love?