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Alleged housebreaking suspect killed by mob at Walter Sisulu University

Oct 24, 2016
Alleged housebreaking suspect killed by mob at Walter Sisulu University

Police in Mthatha say they are investigating how a 27-year old man was assaulted to death at the Walter Sisulu University, along the town's Nelson Mandela Drive, on Friday night.

"It is alleged that the deceased and his two patners were seen trying to commit housebreaking in one of the residents on campus," Mthatha police said.

"The three were then assaulted by a mob at the campus.

"The deceased died at the scene and the other two were rushed to hospital."

A murder case and two of assault with the intention of causing grievous bodily harm were opened.

No arrest yet. Police investigation continues.

In a statement, the Walter Sisulu University said that "three robbers gained illegal access to WSU’s Phulo residence at the Mthatha campus".

"The trio terrorised female students and stole electronic equipment from students, including cellphones and laptops. Students duly sounded the alarm bell and fellow students came to their defence.

"The trio of robbers was found, captured and beaten by students," said Yonela Tukwayo, University Spokesperson at Walter Sisulu University.

"Whilst trying to restore order, University security personnel were barred by a mob of students, rendering the security unable to perform their duty of restoring order."

Following which, security called police and the ambulance.

"Upon their arrival they were pelted and assaulted with stones and were forced to retreat for their own safety.

"Public Order Policing was then called in and the volatile situation forced the police to fire rubber to disperse the crowd. Only then was the ambulance able to gain access into the University in order to bring aid to the three would-be robbers who were in poor shape," said Tukwayo.

"Regrettably, one of the robbers has been certified dead, whilst two are fighting for their lives at Bedford Hospital in Mthatha.

"We deeply regret this incident and condemn the act of vigilantism that has led to the death of a person."