“We wish to remind everyone affected by this tragic incident that MUT has also made counselling services available through the student counselling unit.
“These services can be accessed by contacting the unit at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (031) 907-7186. The university wishes to send its heartfelt condolences to the Mbatha family in this difficult time.”
Police spokesperson Lt-Col Nqobile Gwala said an investigation was under way.
Ilitha Labantu, an organisation that supports the rights of women and children, said it was “deeply concerned” about the high prevalence of violence against women and femicide.
“SA finds itself in a peculiar position that in light of having one of the world's most progressive constitutions, with laws that seek to protect the rights and dignity of women, children and vulnerable persons (the elderly and people with disability), we have a monstrous record of gross human rights violations against women,” said spokesperson Siyabulela Monakali.
Four years ago, a 21-year-old student at the university, Zolile Khumalo, was shot dead by her ex-boyfriend, Thabani Mzalo, at the Lonsdale student residence in the Durban CBD.