Cape Town – A strong stench and blood stains seeping through the door led to the shocking discovery of the body of a student at the nursing college of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in Heideveld.
Sinovuyo Yhusi, a 21 year old first year student at the Western Cape Nursing College in Heideveld, was found dead in his room on Monday evening.
Student leader, Thobile Tshefu, said that security guards were alerted to the incident by a student after a strong stench and blood stains just below the door were spotted.
Western Cape Health MEC Professor Nomafrench Mbombo held a joint press briefing with the deceased’s family at the institution on Wednesday.
In a very somber gathering, where the mother of the deceased struggled to contain her emotions, Mbombo expressed her condolences to the family saying that the loss of any child is an unbearable loss for any parent.
Mbombo said that when the body was discovered, it was in a decomposed state meaning that Yhusi may have passed on a few days before he was discovered.
Mbombo added that the deceased’s body was moved to the Salt River state mortuary for postmortem indicating that the cause of death was unnatural. Neither minister nor the institution, represented by Dr Tendani Mabunda, would speculate on whether this was a case of suicide or murder, saying that only the postmortem results will reveal what transpired.
Mbombo urged nursing students at the college to assist the police in investigating what could have led to the death of their fellow student.
Student leaders said that the last time the deceased was seen was on Wednesday and his friends were under the impression that he had gone home for the weekend. Yhusi hails from Khayelitsha.
Director of the College Dr Tendani Mabunda said that all CCTV footage of the residence including that of the passage leading to Yhusi’s room has been handed over to the police for investigation.
Other student leaders who spoke on condition of anonymity said the situation raises questions about their safety.
“The whole situation has shook us to the core and we are left confused as to what to do”, said the student.
The student leaders vowed to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that students are kept abreast about findings of the forensic investigations.
“We will try and push for a full disclosure about the cause of death by the university after investigations are done, taking into account the family’s wishes, because we are worried about our safety, should it be found that foul play is the cause.”
CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kansely said that counseling support will be provided to staff and students who may require it.
Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk said that the police have opened an inquest case for investigation. A post-mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death, said Van Wyk.
Van Wyk urged anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Manenberg SAPS on 021 699 9400 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.
No details of planned memorial events were shared as the family is awaiting results of the postmortem investigation.
The family was not available for comment.
Watch here the full press briefing held by Professor Nomafrench Mbombo.