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UNESWA STUDENT COMMITS SUICIDE

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KWALUSENI – Another student at the University of Eswatini (UNESWA) has died, allegedly from suicide.

The 27-year-old Simphiwe Saneliso Mkhatjwa was a first year student pursuing a Bachelor of Science programme.
Details on the manner in which the student died could not be ascertained yesterday though the Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS) confirmed that they were investigating a possible suicide case.

Confirm

Chief Police Information and Communications Officer Phindile Vilakati said: “We can confirm that a 27-year-old man was found dead.” His mother asked not to comment on the issue, citing that she did not have details on how her son died. Mkhatjwa’s demise was also confirmed by the Vice Chancellor Professor Justice Thwala who broke the news to all students and administration in a memorandum dated September 13, 2022. Reads the memo: “It is with sadness that I announce the death of Simphiwe Saneliso Mkhatjwa.”Professor Thwala also offered his condolences to Mkhatjwa’s family and friends. Students who spoke on condition of anonymity said Mkhatjwa bid them goodbye but did not say where he was heading to.
“He said he was not coming back and it was important for him to embark on his journey without clearly stating where he was going,” said the students in an interview.

Argument

Unconfirmed sources further revealed that Mkhatjwa engaged in a heated argument with his girlfriend, which resulted in the two ending their relationship. The Student Representative Council (SRC) Secretary General (SG) Zethu Mbingo, confirmed that university had sent a notice informing them of the death.“We received a memo confirming the death of the student yesterday. They have not yet told us how he died. As students we are still shocked by Simphiwe’s death as he was one of us,” Mbingo said.She said Mkhatjwa’s funeral would be held in his parental home at Mafutseni,
“We have engaged other SRC members and asked them to make it possible for all students to attend the funeral. We have already organised transport for the students, which will depart here at Kwaluseni Campus tomorrow.

Funeral

“The funeral will come after a night vigil to held in his home at Mafutseni tomorrow (today). He will then be buried on Sunday morning after the vigil,” Mbingo said. She added that students should come in their numbers to support the bereaved family. Another student committed suicide at UNESWA about three months ago.

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