Student falls to death at 21st party

2013-07-30 11:17

Cape Town - A University of Cape Town drama student has fallen to her death while celebrating her 21st birthday at a hotel in the centre of the city.

The Cape Times reported on Tuesday that Rosa Carlyle-Mitchell was at the Kimberley Hotel in Roeland Street with family members on Sunday evening when the tragedy occurred. She was apparently sitting on the first floor balcony when she fell backwards. She was declared dead at the scene.

Hotel manager Eric Hodson confirmed she had fallen to her death but would not divulge further details.

A UCT spokesperson said the university was saddened by her death, and is in contact with her family. It will offer counselling services to students affected by the incident.

The Witness reported that Carlyle-Mitchell was from KwaZulu-Natal and had matriculated from St Mary's Diocesan School for Girls in Kloof in 2010.

Her brother and sister were with her at the hotel when she fell to her death. Her parents were on an overseas trip and were expected back in the country on Tuesday.



  • Son OfSoil - 2013-07-30 11:22

    This is sad news. I can imagine how traumatic this incident was for the family and friends. May her Soul Rest In Peace.

      Zumba - 2013-07-31 07:14

      This is very sad, but I don't think the whole story has been reported on. I have been to many hotels and none have had a balcony you can just "fall" off.

  • Nemukumbini Shonza - 2013-07-30 11:40

    Very sad, i can't imagine what the family is going through right now!! May God be with them during this difficult times!!

  • procold2 - 2013-07-30 11:41

    deepest condolences to family and friends, rip

      Joe Smith - 2013-07-30 12:19

      Why would anybody give your comment a thumbs down? Sick world we live in.

      Jane Brown - 2013-07-30 13:34

      Sadly Joe we have to share our country with the kind of people who give thumbs down to messages of condolence or hope

  • Nontuthuzelo Fergie Ka Jolingana - 2013-07-30 11:44

    Oh that's just terrible. poor soul. She has gone to a better place.

  • Shanette Greene - 2013-07-30 12:12

    My condolences to family and friends of this beautiful girl, such a senseless,tragic death.

  • Nhlapo Pk Phoka - 2013-07-30 12:18

    Very sad. Its so sad to see young people lost their lives like this. May his soul RIP.

      Arvin Hooseria - 2013-07-30 21:29

      It is a girl. HER. Eish.

  • Josie de Villiers - 2013-07-30 12:19

    What a tragic end to a special birthday. Condolences to her family on their very sad loss.

  • Barbara Munster - 2013-07-30 12:20

    My deepest condolences the her family and friends.

  • Nditsheni Singo - 2013-07-30 12:35

    What a sad story, God Knows. I wish her family strength even if it is hard to believe and accept. it is one of those unforseen circumstances.

      Johan De Beer - 2013-07-30 22:15

      Arvin, let it go. You're out of line here. Keep it to yourself

      Wendy Barnett - 2013-07-31 07:12

      @Arvin - go to another site

      Cindy Naude - 2013-07-31 07:48

      Arvin, go away!

  • Gillian Goodfellow Sanderson - 2013-07-30 12:36

    How utterly awful ... :(

  • Lydon Daniel McGrane - 2013-07-30 12:37

    Shame man :( So young.

  • Henry Hattingh - 2013-07-30 12:40

    My prayers go out to her family and friends. A dark time indeed. Time to comfort and support each other. That is what family is all about.

  • Marilyn Edge - 2013-07-30 12:50

    This is like de ja vu. Same thing happened a a number of years ago, to my ex-bosses brother - the result of a prank. Someone gave him a push while he was sitting on the edge of the banister saying "Mind you don't fall!" He fell over backwards taking the pusher with and broke his neck. People need to think before they act.

  • Hemlock - 2013-07-30 12:59

    Gone too soon. RIP young lady. Condolences to family and loved ones xx

  • Mulalo Riyaya - 2013-07-30 14:00

    Rest in peace ma sister we will follow u when God calling us ,

  • Mulalo Riyaya - 2013-07-30 14:00

    Rest in peace ma sister we will follow u when God calling us ,

  • J Tham Mcthebz - 2013-07-30 14:11

    Ohw what a loss, so young and so much great condolences

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  • Collins Ntelele - 2013-07-30 14:59

    R.I.P.with a sad face.

  • Collins Ntelele - 2013-07-30 15:00

    R.I.P.(with a very sad face)

  • Lisa Gouws - 2013-07-30 15:19

    Extremely sad!!!

  • Richard - 2013-07-30 15:41

    Oh man what a waste of a life. Sorry young lady. So sad.

  • Binne Goed - 2013-07-30 15:46

    Reminds me of people standing on narrow strips of rock on mountain ranges for a good photo. So much can go wrong, a sudden gust of wind and it's good night nurse. Don't know why people want to take chances like that.

  • Muke Matshaba - 2013-07-30 18:46

    Sad passing on a special day,,,Rip

  • Graham Wood - 2013-07-30 19:22

    So tragic.

  • Zulu Makhise - 2013-07-30 19:53

    Absolutely terrible news.. Condolences to the family

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  • Bruce Kendall - 2013-07-30 21:21

    Sad indeed.May you RIP.

  • precious.yumyum - 2013-07-31 03:47

    Awful. I didnt know u can die from falling from the first floor.

  • Cindy Naude - 2013-07-31 07:47

    shame, this is very sad :( my condolences to her family and friends

  • Grant James Scott - 2013-07-31 08:41

    The sad thing is that her parents were not around to share her 21st birthday with her..

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