The unfortunate killing of a first year Quantity Survey student, Zolile Khumalo on 1 May 2018 is likely to contribute to the strengthening of the fight against women and child abuse. The killing has
resulted in MUT students uniting and calling for denial of bail for the accused.
Students were overheard saying they would like to see the alleged killer given an appropriate sentence. On 3 May 2018 outside the courts, hundreds of MUT
students clad in all political student formation colours sang songs that indicated they did not wish the accused to be given bail. They held up placards that supported that view. The case drew media attention from all over the country, an indication of how seriously the abuse against women is regarded.
The recently appointed MUT VC, Dr Duma Malaza, who prayed with the students before they marched to court, poured his heart out. “Our hearts go out to the friends and family of the deceased in their time of sorrow. Our collective hearts as a University are heavy with sympathy.” Dr Malaza added that MUT was committed to ensuring a safe and secure environment for the University students at all residences, and that further details concerning this incident as well as steps to be taken to prevent such incidents in the future would be communicated to all stakeholders in due course.
Also, a number of MUT staff members were also in court, supporting the students, some of whom wept during the court proceedings. MUT students also received support from its Chancellor, Lindiwe Sisulu, the Minister of
International Relations and Co-operations.