In a tragic incident at the University of Fort Hare, a third-year student was k!lled, allegedly due to mob justice related to a missing laptop.
The victim, a 21-year-old Bachelor of Science in Agriculture student, suffered severe injuries during a physical interrogation that included punch!ng, chok!ng, sl@pping, and st@bbing.
Local authorities have arrested five students, aged 22 to 25, in connection with the murd3r.
They are scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
The victim was from Hopefield Location in Alice, where the university is located.
While specific details are under investigation, discussions among students suggest that the incident began at a nightclub in Alice at around 3:00 AM and later moved to the campus.
The university has initiated a full investigation and filed a case with the police.
Though police and the university have not disclosed further details, a reliable source confirmed that the incident was triggered by the missing laptop.
Students reported that security guards witnessed the victim fleeing through the campus’s main gate with the suspects in pursuit but did not intervene.
The suspects chased the victim for over a kilometer from an off-campus nightclub.
Students criticized the security guards for their inaction.
The university pledged to investigate the allegations against the security guards.
Psycho-social support has been offered to students and staff affected by the tragedy.
The Student Representative Council (SRC) president, Siphokazi Mbalo, stressed the need for clarity, explaining that the events were still unclear, and they awaited more information after a meeting with campus authorities.