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.