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Mother rejects ‘drowning’ as UFH student’s cause of death

The mother of deceased University of Fort Hare student Sibahle, Nokrisimesi Mkiva, is set to appeal her son’s post-mortem results which indicate that he drowned to his death.


The 20-year-old first year student was found dead in a swimming pool in the Alice campus last week.


Mkiva (51), an office attendant at the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality in East London, is not satisfied with her son’s alleged cause of death.


His body was found with bruises on his lip, blood on his nose, a bruised chest and sand or soil between his toes. “They should reconsider what they wrote, he cannot be beaten up and strangled, then they say he drowned,” she said. Although the matter is still under investigation, she says she simply cannot accept these results.


On Friday, provincial police spokesperson, Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana confirmed that the results show that the student died from drowning and there is nothing said about foul play.

“However, we are still investigating this case,” he assured.


Sibahle is the second born of four boys. His youngest brother, Sibayanda, a Grade 8 learner has been disturbed by the passing of his brother. Mkiva is concerned that the ordeal might affect his studies.


Sibahle will be buried this Saturday, November 16 at his home in Hanover, King William’s Town. According to his mother, the university has not involved itself regarding plans for a memorial service and a funeral.


The first-year Library and Information Science student was last seen hanging out with friends in the pool area on Saturday, November 2, the night of his death. Mkiva is the 12th Fort Hare student to die this year.

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