Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni and Rorisang Kgosana
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8 Nov 2016
6:16 am

Mystery over death of UJ student as police hunt killer

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni and Rorisang Kgosana

The university has denied any connection with the alleged suspect amid accusations that he acted under instructions by the institution.

UJ main campus. Picture: Twitter

There is a cloud of mystery surrounding the death of a 21-year-old University of Johannesburg (UJ) student Kelvin Baloyi, who was shot dead at the weekend.

It is unclear whether he was shot by a security guard who allegedly had an altercation with the student and his friends.

The university has denied any connection with the alleged suspect amid accusations that he acted under instructions by the institution.

Shortly after UJ released a statement saying that the “security guard” in question was in the employ of the institution, the company that owns the private residence, African Housing Company (Afhco), said the man who shot Baloyi was not a security guard.

“The individual, unknown to Afhco, appears to have entered the property at the same time as security guards employed by SNG Security,” the company said in a statement.

UJ remains adamant that it had no authority over the private security guard in question as he was employed by the private student residence where the incident took place.

The institution’s spokesperson, Kaamini Reddy, said she was aware of allegations being made that the incident was connected to attempts to quell the #FeesMustFall movement.

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“The security guard in question in not employed by the university. The incident happened at a private residence and we have no influence over who they hire to do work,” said Reddy.

Pictures which surfaced on social media allegedly taken at the time of the fatal shooting depict the lifeless victim in a pool of blood on a stairwell. At the time of going to press, police were still hunting down the murder suspect.

Police spokesperson Colonel Noxolo Kweza said no one had been arrested or brought in for questioning. Meanwhile, a night vigil was planned outside the private residence, according to UJ student leader Anisa Mazimpaka.

“We are waiting for the SRC to gather facts and information about what happened. For now, we will hold a night vigil outside the residence at 7pm,” he said, adding that Baloyi’s family had already visited the residence after being informed of his death.

In Tshwane, several University of Pretoria students were arrested when they surrendered to police at a demonstration outside the Hatfield campus in the early hours of Monday morning. According to UP student Mosibudi Rasethaba, the arrests were made while students were holding a night vigil in remembrance of Baloyi.