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Min Nzimande consoles family of student killed by other students at Walter Sisulu University

BY YOLANDA PALEZWENI - MAY 16, 2017
Min Nzimande consoles family of student killed by other students at Walter Sisulu University

Higher Education and Training Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, on Monday sent his condolences to the family of a Walter Sisulu University final-year medical student, Lwando Mantshontsho, who died on Friday after being attacked by a group of other students at one of the university's hostels.

According to reports from the university, Lwando, from Cofimvaba, is believed to have died after students turned on each other after a night of heavy partying and drinking.

The partying followed the closure of the university's Mthatha campus after students had embarked on violent demonstrations related to enrolments.

"My heartfelt condolences go to Lwando's family, friends and all who knew him and interacted with him at WSU. It is doubly tragic that the student was just about to complete his medical studies,” said Minister Nzimande.

He added that, the circumstances surrounding his death have also left a sense of shock and anger.

Minister Nzimande called upon all higher education communities, including students, to always act with discipline and care respecting the law and the sanctity of human life all the time.

Lwando was part of the 100 learners, who were being funded by the government, having been recruited in Grade 12 in Lusikisiki, in the Eastern Cape, in 2011, as part of the Minister's Mandela Day programme, which was initiated in honour of former President Nelson Mandela’s call for 67 minutes of community service.

The awards form part of an initiative by the Minister to provide bursaries to groups of academically gifted learners from disadvantaged rural backgrounds.