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The body of one of the deceased being removed from Cullen Bowles on the morning of the incident. Photo: Rhea MacDonald
The body of one of the deceased being removed from Cullen Bowles on the morning of the incident. Photo: Rhea MacDonald

Two people killed in Rhodes residence

Amanda Tweyi was shot and killed in a Rhodes University residence on Saturday morning.
Amanda Tweyi was shot and killed in a Rhodes University residence on Saturday morning. Photo: supplied.

By Matthew Kynaston and Rhea MacDonald

A Rhodes University student was shot and killed on Saturday 26 April. Her attacker shot himself on the scene shortly thereafter.

Two bodies were removed from Cullen Bowles at 10am on Saturday. Police were called to the scene early in the morning after reports of a shooting.

The student was 21-year-old Amanda Tweyi from King William’s Town. She was studying a BSc degree.

The shooter was later identified as 34-year-old Nkosinathi Nqabisa, also from King William’s Town.

The Vice Chancellor, Dr Saleem Badat, spoke to the press on the scene and confirmed that residents in Rosa Parks and Cullen Bowles were receiving counselling.

The Rhodes student is a Rosa Parks resident who was in Cullen Bowles at the time of the incident.

The Dean of Students, Dr Vivian de Klerk, released a statement on Facebook several hours after the incident.

“We extend sincere condolences to her family and friends.”

“Students in the residences concerned are receiving Counselling assistance. The crisis line is also in operation. Arrangements for a memorial service will be announced in due course.”

The incident took place in Cullen Bowles residence. The person in whose room the incident happened is unharmed.

The hall warden of Kimberley West hall, Professor James Gambiza, said, “We are giving them all of the support they need. A lot of people have been traumatised by this.”

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Luvuyo Mjekula confirmed that an alleged shooting was reported to police at 06h00 on the morning.

“Police responded immediately and on arrival found the bodies of a woman and a man inside one of the university’s residences. The body of the woman, a 21-year-old Rhodes student, had no visible injuries and a post mortem would be conducted to determine the cause of her death,” said Mjekula in the press release.

Nkosinathi Nqabisa was found with a single bullet wound to the head, which police are considering a possible suicide.

Police opened an inquest docket to determine the cause of the woman’s death and found that she died from a bullet wound to the upper body.

“She was actually shot, and this was confirmed by the post-mortem. The wound was not visible at the time when police were called to the scene,” said Mjekula.

The body of one of the deceased being removed from Cullen Bowles on the morning of the incident. Photo: Rhea MacDonald
The body of one of the deceased being removed from Cullen Bowles on the morning of the incident. Photo: Rhea MacDonald
The statement released by Dr Vivian de Klerk on Facebook this morning.
The statement released by Dr Vivian de Klerk on Facebook on the morning of the incident.

 

The body of once of the deceased being loaded into the ambulance. Photo: Rhea MacDonald.
The body of one of the deceased being loaded into the ambulance. Photo: Rhea MacDonald.

18 comments

  1. :( students are our future’s strength..they should be protected valued nurtured encouraged loved valued…. such a tragedy…..such a waste….sincere condolences to all her family & friends x

  2. Was the man not from King Williams town rather than Grahamstown?

  3. Michael Verveen

    So tragic and so unnecessary. Condolences to the families and friends. Hope all is well with the res by this time. RIP

  4. So wht’s the real story behind all these killings and suicides bcz my child is also there , should i move her to another xool ?

  5. Why has is It that only the Rhodes students death is being publicised.. surely both Rhodes and grahamstown resident should be in the title.. These are both tragic losses the one is not more important than the other just because they happen to be a student.. my condolences to both families in this difficult time

  6. its truly a terrible thing to happen. I know Rhodes to be a safe place, I hope this is just an isolated case. May their souls rest in peace.

  7. very sad. however you cant blame the gun. its the person using it. people kill people everyday with a variety of things.

  8. Seems like love triangle killing, Not necessary though

  9. It is nice to obtain factual information before making a comment. If u where on the scene or witnessed this incident then facts can be produced. Speculating does not help to all.

  10. my deepest condolences to friends and family. House masters should be vigilant when it comes to outsiders in the residences. Tragic

  11. 2 ppl were killed. Why did only 1 make the headline?

  12. Peter Stewart

    This has the hallmarks of a jilted lover who probably strangled the girl, then shot himself.
    Let’s see what emerges from the investigation. This would not have happened in my day at Rhodes (1968-1972) because I would have been shot if I went into a female residence!?

  13. Killing and a suicide sounds like a lovers squable.

  14. This is absolutely terrible. Condolences to the friends and family of the deceased from myself and the UJ Observer. Life needn’t be shortened by violence.

  15. Horrible! But this title is incorrect -the 34 year old man was shot, the student has no visible injuries?

  16. This would never have happened when I was there because it was almost impossible to obtain a gun. Now everyone has one. So tragic for the young woman’s loss of life at a time when all possibilities should have been opening up for her. Condolences to her family.

    • This isn’t about gun control, the is about a person committing a terrible act. And truthfully, it used to be just as easy to obtain a gun in the past, the only difference is that back then it was easier to do it legally -gun laws have been improving. Remember guns don’t kill people, people do.

  17. This is totally unacceptable. Whoever has anything to do with this should rot in jail.

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