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Zim student buried


A ZIMBABWEAN female student at a South African university, who was found dead at her residence, was buried at West Park in Bulawayo after her body was Saturday repatriated from the neighbouring country.


Nozipho Sibonokuhle Tshuma (30), who was doing her third and final year in internal auditing at Vaal University of Technology in Gauteng, was on October 9 found dead in her room at the campus, in what is suspected to be murder case.

Her mother Nolizwe Tshuma yesterday told the Southern Eye that her daughter’s body arrived safely without any problems in Harare on Thursday and they left Harare on Friday to Bulawayo, where she was buried.

“The body arrived in Harare on Thursday. We had no problem in the transportation of the body and on Friday we left Harare for Bulawayo,” she said. “She was laid to rest at West Park on Saturday. Her university mates and international relations officers from the institution were present.”

When asked if she had any update on whether the South African police launched investigations on the death of her daughter, Tshuma said she had not yet received any information.

“We have not yet heard anything in connection with what the police are doing there and I am leaving for South Africa tomorrow (today). That is when I will inquire more about the death from that side,” she said.

“Hopefully by Thursday when I am back I will be able to tell you what really is happening.”

She said she still believed that her daughter could not have died due to epilepsy, but was killed. An executive director at the institution, Mike Khumboni last week said after Tshuma was found dead on campus, South African police were conducting pathology tests, which will ultimately indicate the cause of the death.

Khumboni said no one had been arrested over the matter, saying this was the second death to occur at the campus. South African police reportedly launched murder investigations following Nozipho’s death.

Police spokesman Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said Nozipho’s body was discovered in her locked room at the University campus in Vanderbijlpark. He could not be drawn into commenting on allegations of murder and rape of Nozipho, but only said investigations were still under way. Dlamini said no arrest has been made yet.

A member of the students, representative council who asked to remain anonymous said it was not surprising that someone was allegedly murdered at the university’s residence because the security there was almost “non-existent”.

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