North-West University (NWU)
Since the attack on South African athlete Thabang Mosiako last month, no arrests have been made.
Mosiako was attacked by a group of young men at Die Bult, a student hangout near NWU’s Potchefstroom campus. The attack happened after Mosiako asked the group of men to stop swearing at an elderly cashier. Earlier, it was reported that the attackers were students from NWU, but this has not yet been confirmed.
The investigation into the attack has now been transferred to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID). National spokesperson for IPID, Moses Dlamini, told TimesLIVE, “The investigation is still on. The police failed to investigate all members in this case. They only focused on the white suspects and not their police colleagues. So far‚ no suspects have been identified‚ with police nor the white suspects.”
Mosiako expressed his disappointment with the investigation. He told TimesLIVE that he believes no one will be arrested.
University of Cape Town (UCT)
UCT has dismissed social media rumours that it has appointed a new vice-chancellor. According to HuffPost, the rumours claimed that Prof. Mamokgethi Phakeng was appointed the new vice-chancellor of UCT. UCT spokesperson, Elijah Moholola, told News24, “Prof. Phakeng has not been appointed. The approval by Senate this afternoon is part of a process that is continuing. The next step is for the selection committee to report to the Institutional Forum (IF) on the process followed, including steps taken to meet equity targets. The IF will then submit its report to council, verifying the process that has been followed. Thereafter, the selection committee will submit a full report on the recruitment and selection process, together with the reports of senate and the IF, to council for approval.”
Moholola added that on 17 March the next council sitting will be held.
University of Johannesburg (UJ)
Following the death of UJ PhD student, Baraka Nafari, the university has asked students to allow the police to do their investigation. This reaction comes after a letter accused UJ of inaction following Nafari’s death.
In the letter, some of Nafari’s colleagues claimed that CCTV footage from UJ showed Nafari and another student running away from two men who were pursuing them in a taxi. Nafari and the other student were running towards UJ’s Sophiatown residence. Nafari was struck by the taxi.
They claimed that UJ only provided the footage to police five days after the incident happened.
UJ spokesperson, Herman Esterhuizen, told TimesLIVE, “The South African Police Service is currently investigating the incident and we are resolutely working closely with the SAPS to shed further light on this matter. The passing of a student affects the entire university community‚ and the university sympathises with Nafari’s colleagues‚ family and friends.”