Mthatha – A sixth-year student at Walter Sisulu University medical school has been stabbed and killed after a get together at the medical school residences turned violent.

A group of third, fourth and fifth-year students hosted a residence party on the university campus on Thursday night, police spokesperson Captain Dineo Koena told News24 on Saturday.

A fight broke out with a group of sixth-year students during the course of the evening, where campus security had to intervene.

Later, in the early hours of Friday, the third and fourth-year group went to the sixth-year residences.

After another quarrel, they assaulted and stabbed the sixth-year students, Koena said.

A 24-year-old student died on the scene. Two others, 25 and 27, were in serious conditions and were taken to hospital.

Walter Sisulu University’s Mthatha and Butterworth campuses have become notorious for violent behaviour among some students, who are assaulting – and even killing – each other over petty issues.

The culture of violence has been highlighted in the latest case, following the killing of a student.

Five students accused of killing Walter University (WSU) student Lwando Mantshontsho, who was in his sixth year of medical studies, were denied bail in the Mthatha Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The students, aged between 20 and 23, appeared before magistrate Thukela MacPauzin. They are facing charges of murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and malicious damage to property.

 

The fight was allegedly caused after students teased each other over seniority in the faculty, SABC News reported.

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