North West University

A NWU graduate’s body was found last Tuesday at the Tshwane District Hospital, after he went missing in Pretoria’s Hatfield Square on Friday March 2. Richard Drevin, 23, was out with friends at the popular student hangout, when he left the group to meet another friend, but never returned. The exact cause of death is still under investigation. Three suspects were found with Drevin’s cell phone and arrested, but charges against them were dropped due to lack of evidence.

Stellenbosch University

On March 5, a former SU student was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of another student. Jacobus Johannes Eksteen, 27, was found guilty of kidnapping, raping and killing Erin van Rensburg by the Western Cape High Court. Van Rensburg’s body was found buried in a shallow grave on a sand dune in Elandsbaai, two days after she went missing in June 2009.

University of Pretoria

Last week, the UP elected a Students Representative Council – seven months after elections were held.  In September last year, election for the 2012 student parliament was declared “free but not fair” by UP management. AfriForum was accused of distributing pamphlets that had not been approved by the IEC. The pamphlets linked faculty candidates to the political party, which broke election rules. In February this year, AfriForum took university management to court, where a judge ruled that the election results should be released and a student parliament formed immediately. Despite the fact that AfriForum won the most seats in student parliament, DASO candidate, Mthokozisi Nkosi, was elected as the SRC President last week Thursday.

University of Cape Town

On March 9, two gunmen held up catering staff on UCT’s main campus. The robbers made off with R73 000 and a BMW. The university has been criticised for not having surveillance cameras on that area of campus. An investigation into the incident has been opened.

Tshwane University of Technology

Police believe they have made a breakthrough in their investigation into a robbery that occurred at TUT in early February. On Monday March 12, police discovered pieces of a bogus Protea Coin security van, which was used in the heist at TUT, and has been linked to at least 22 other robberies. During the university’s registration period, three men posing as Protea Coin security guards made off with almost R1-million of students’ registration fees.