A student who went missing after he was last seen leaving the Wits campus last week, has been found.
A Wits University student who was reported missing last weekend, has been found at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital on Monday, July 30.
Samukelo Sanele Sithole, a second year student, was found at the hospital with undisclosed injuries according to the spokesperson of the Hillbrow Police Station where a missing person’s case has been opened.
Sergeant Mduduzi Zondo confirmed to Wits Vuvuzela that Sithole is still in hospital. “He hasn’t been discharged and we need to wait for him to be discharged in order to get more information about what happened. At the moment he is not able to give us details and it is only right that we wait until he can,” Zondo said.
Risuna Maluleke, house committee member at Men’s Res where Sithole lives, said, “Some of us house comm members went to see him but at that time only family was allowed.” “Right now we will wait for our cluster manager to give us direction in terms of the way forward,” Maluleke said.
Sithole was last seen exiting the Wits campus in Braamfontein at approximately 22:00 on Thursday, July 26. This is according to his close friend Thando*, second-year BSc. “When we got together on Saturday we asked each other if anyone had seen him. We realised that none of us had seen him all day on Friday and his classmates also didn’t know anything,” Thando explained. “We also became aware that he had not answered any of our calls on that Friday,” he added. Thando added that together with some of Sithole’s friends, he reported the matter to Campus Protection Services (CPS).
Acting Director of CPS, John Sibisi, told Wits Vuvuzela that the matter is being investigated by SAPS and added that “university officials have met with the family and are in constant communication.”
*Declined to give his full name.
FEATURED IMAGE: Missing Wits student Samukelo Sithole has been found at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital. PHOTO: Palesa Dlamini