Day of mourning for slain student as suspect appears in court

Mangosuthu University of Technology students at the Durban Magistrate Court, ahead of the appearance of the man suspected of killing Zolile Khumalo.
Mangosuthu University of Technology students at the Durban Magistrate Court, ahead of the appearance of the man suspected of killing Zolile Khumalo.
Image: THULI DLAMINI

A day of mourning for slain Mangosuthu University of Technology student Zolile Khumalo will coincide with the court appearance of her ex-lover and alleged killer Thabani Mzolo on Thursday.

Khumalo‚ 21‚ was shot and killed on May 1 in her university residence in the Durban city centre. The 23-year-old Mzolo was arrested at the scene‚ and faces charges of premeditated murder and possession of an illegal firearm.

Khumalo’s bloody slaying sparked a protest by hundreds of students‚ who marched to the courthouse last Thursday ahead of Mzolo’s first appearance.

Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi is expected to attend the court hearing.

MUT Vice-Chancellor Dr Duma Malaza said the decision to stage a day of mourning and suspend the academic programme was not taken lightly.

“We understand the need for the student leadership and body to show solidarity in memory of their fellow student as well as demonstrate support for the national movement of violence against women.”

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