Cape Town: The University of Cape Town (UCT) has commented on the death of a UCT student who was believed to have been missing by his family. Siboniso Dlamini, a 25 year old, business science student was found dead off campus, said UCT spokesperson Elijah Moholola.
Speaking to Vernac News, Moholola said, “Mr Dlamini died off campus and the cause and exact circumstances of his death have not officially been established. An investigation by the South African Police Services (SAPS) is ongoing. His body was found on Sunday 23 April by the SAPS”.
It is alleged that he got into an altercation with a woman who had visited him but who is not a UCT student in the early hours of the 23 April 2017, the same morning his body was found by the SAPS. Moholola further said that the woman then informed the residence staff but refused to press charges, she then returned home to Gauteng shortly afterwards.
Moholola went on to say that UCT staff attempted to locate Mr Dlamini but without success, they then assumed that he had gone home for a while.
Explaining the two weeks long period before his family could find out about the death, Moholola said, “Two weeks later Mr Dlamini’s family alerted UCT that they had not heard from him. At this point UCT contacted the SAPS to file a missing person’s report. UCT staff and SAPS members worked together to make the connection that the unidentified male, found dead on 23 April, was Mr Dlamini”. The SAPS investigation continues.
The earlier version of this story contained inaccurate information. The deceased was not attacked as stated, this is still under police investigation, but he was rather found dead off-campus.