UJ names 3 students involved in weekend tragedies

2016-11-08 20:08
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Johannesburg – The University of Johannesburg on Tuesday released the names of two students who drowned, and one who was shot dead, over the weekend.

Siyabonga Tshabalala and Lisenamandla King drowned during a team-building exercise on Saturday, spokesperson Kaamini Reddy said.

They were part of a group of 44 attending an awards and team building event organised by the UJ Day house at the Intundla Game Lodge and Bush Spa.

"Eight students acted in their own capacity to go river rafting, which was not on the official programme. It is believed the raft capsized, resulting in the drowning of the two students."

Netcare 911 spokesperson Athlenda Mathe said on Saturday that the first student's body was recovered soon after the boat capsized.

He was declared dead on scene. A police search and rescue team helped recover the second body.

Tshabalala was registered for a Diploma in Accountancy in the Faculty of Economic and Financial Sciences. King was registered for BA in the Faculty of Management.

A third UJ student, Elizo Baloyi, was shot dead during an end-of-year party at an off-campus residence in central Johannesburg in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police were investigating. Reddy said a security guard, who appeared to have been involved, did not work for the university.

The Africa Housing Company, which owned the residence, said the alleged shooter was not a security guard. It said the security guards it contracted to work at the residence were unarmed.

Reddy said counselling for the families of the three victim, and affected students, had been provided. The university would help with funeral arrangements.

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