The 19-year-old student who allegedly died from suicide in Braamfontein did not die on impact. This is according to student activist Busisiwe Seabe who was there when Kago Moeng allegedly jumped from the 6th floor of a Braamfontein student accommodation block on Saturday night.
Seabe told Power FM’s Iman Rappetti on Monday morning that the Wits University student was alive after she hit the ground and died while bystanders waited for an ambulance to arrive.
“The most upsetting part is that when she landed on the ground she was still alive. It took an ambulance over an hour to arrive. Even the manner South Point (student accommodation) handled this matter was not to the best of their ability because there was a lot that they could have done, Kago had been up on the balcony for approximately two hours before she had jumped,” Seabe said.
Speaking to Inside Education Police spokesperson Kay Makhubela confirmed the incident and said that the police were investigating the circumstances behind the alleged suicide.
“A 19-year-old girl who was a student at Wits threw herself out the window from the 6th floor in Braamfontein where she died instantly. The motive of the incident at the moment is not known, but a case has been opened,” said Makhubela.
Some bystanders are said to have jeered at Moeng and shouted for her to jump because she was seeking attention.
Her family, friends and fellow students have taken to social media to share their grief and offer their condolences.
— Mikey Mashila (@MikeyMashila) October 15, 2017
I never imagined I’d walk in the streets of Braam and see Kago fall to her death n take her last breath.I dont know how 2 feel #BraamSuicide
— Busisiwe C Seabe (@Ms_BSeabe) October 15, 2017
— October 5th 199* (@leatile_tefo) October 15, 2017
— DR NGQULUNGA (@Nkanyiso_ngqulu) October 16, 2017
The Wits Student Representative Council (SRC) also expressed their shock and said: “The unspoken pressure on students at our institutions at our institutions are becoming prevalent and the current measures in place are grossly inefficient.”
“So many of our students live in external accommodation and are at risk of these kinds of incidents.”
Wits university said it was saddened by the incident and was in contact with the student’s family.
The university also urged anyone with any further information on the matter to contact the police and Wits security so that it can be investigated.
The Economic Freedom Fighters at Wits held a night vigil at the Great Hall on campus on Sunday night to honour the life of Moeng.