Student stabbed

A woman student, who was stabbed outside Dudley Heights, a cross institutional digs in Braamfontein, on Friday night, is still in hospital.

An eye-witness who asked not to be named in fear of being intimidated, said there were five men who tried to grab the victim right outside the main gate on De Korte Street.

“We had just jumped the robot [in a car] when we saw it all happen. There were five guys following her. Two of them came in front of her and the other three grabbed her from behind,” the witness said.

She saw the attackers grab the victim but she put up a fight. They then ran into the road which was when the witness tried to run the guys over with her car so they would leave the victim alone.

[pullquote]“There were two other cars there and they also tried to run them over and that’s when the one guy stabbed her in the neck.”[/pullquote]“There were two other cars there and they also tried to run them over and that’s when the one guy stabbed her in the neck,” the witness said.

She said she and her passengers then went to look for the police while the people in the other cars tried to help the victim.

“We went to look for the cops and as usual there were no cops around when you need them,” she said.

A Drama honours Witsie, Zabalaza Mchunu, who also lives at Dudley Heights, said he arrived on the scene afterwards.

“When I got there they had just cleaned the blood on the street and were taking her away in the ambulance,” Mchunu said.

According to Mchunu, the student’s helpers had taken her into the building to wait for the police and the ambulance.

Wits Vuvuzela went to investigate but the security guards and building caretaker were unhelpful.[pullquote align=”right”]“Where did you hear this? You just heard things out there so you can come here and do Daily Sun things. We don’t know anything about that.”[/pullquote]

“Where did you hear this? You just heard things out there so you can come here and do Daily Sun things. We don’t know anything about that,” the caretaker said.

A student waiting for the bus on Thursday morning told Wits Vuvuzela that people were frequently mugged outside their building but this was the first stabbing she had heard of.

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CJC students eviction: update

College students who were evicted from their residence in Bramley last week landed up in crowded accommodation after waiting all day. Some students could not get transport to campus and as a result missed tests on Friday.

The Central Johannesburg College (CJC) students were evicted last Tuesday morning by the landlord from their Student Village residential Complex.  After CJC fell into arrears for their accomodation according to Aengus Investment properties (AIP).

Inga Matsitsela, a former Bramley resident, told Wits Vuvuzela that he had to sleep in a two-bedroom apartment with four other students following the eviction.

[pullquote]”After all of that I had to sleep in a two bedroom with four other guys,” [/pullquote]

“We waited until late on Tuesday night to get a place to stay. We waited outside Aengus from the morning already. After all of that I had to sleep in a two bedroom with four other guys,” Matsitsela said.

AIP management told Wits Vuvuzela that while the students were evicted from Bramley they were not left homeless.

“AIP ensured that all the affected students were relocated to safe, modern, convenient accommodation in the area.”

Management from AIP added that they were sensitive to the fact that many students were writing tests and exams and that they had tried their best to make sure that minimal disruption occurred.

Matsitsela and other former Bramley residents were moved to Langlaagte, near Soweto. Students had to organise their own transport to college until Friday.

Buses were organised for Friday but arrived late in the day. As a result, Henrich Makuwa missed his end of term mathematics test.

According to a notice by Aengus, students were evicted because of non-payment.

The notice by Aengus to CJC students read as follows: “Please be advised that your institution has failed to pay your accommodation in spite of numerous attempts by yourselves to secure payment.”

The students found this notice the morning of their eviction and had received no prior warning.

“We have received no apology or anything from anyone for the mess that has happened,” said Matsitsela.

Some students have managed to return to Bramley, while others such as Makuwa and Matsitsela are still staying in Langlaagte.

Students who moved back to Bramley said improvements were made to some of the broken doors in the residence.

The first CJC eviction article

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