Students left reeling at news of another apparent suicide in Braamfontein
A male mining engineering student at Wits University has passed away following a suspected suicide on Thursday, May 10, in Braamfontein.
The incident took place at the South Point residence Clifton Heights in Biccard Street at approximately 9pm. Sergeant Mduduzi Zondo from the Hillbrow police station confirmed that the South African Police Services (SAPS) were on the scene following the incident. Zondo said the student “stayed on the fourth floor of the building but jumped from the third floor”.
Zondo added that, “An inquest has been opened and we (SAPS) are investigating the matter”.
A statement from the university’s senior executive team said that the “student’s next-of-kin have been informed and the University is in direct contact with his family. The University will be providing counselling and support to the family, friends and fellow students this morning and in the future as required”.
South Point Central marketing manager, Nyiko Chauke, said that the company has not yet released a statement but they would do so at a later stage but added that they are in contact with the student’s family.
In October 2017, Wits student Kago Moeng committed suicide by jumping from the sixth floor of the South Point building Blackburn.
The university has urged students to make use of campus counselling services, “Anyone who requires counselling, should call (011) 717-1940/32 or visit www.wits.ac.za/ccdu for more information”.
FEATURED IMAGE: The Clifton Heights residence building in Braamfontein. Photo: Sanet Oberholzer