A 20-year-old Wits University student has been murdered in the Eastern Cape, allegedly by her boyfriend after she told him she no longer wants to be in romantic relationship with him.
Police in the Eastern Cape are investigating the death of Kwasa Zozo Lugalo and said a 23-year-old suspect in the case is currently in hospital after he tried to commit suicide.
“The suspect is alleged to have attempted suicide immediately after committing this particular crime is currently admitted in hospital. Once he is discharged the police will charge him with murder,” said the Eastern Cape police’s spokesperson Tembinkosi Kinana.
On social media #JusticeForKwasa has been trending with tweeps expressing shock at the murder of the 20-year-old.
The University of Wits has released a statement saying women are being murdered in shocking numbers by men in SA.
“We are tired of mourning the loss of the lives of women. Rest in peace. #JusticeForKwasa,” said Wits in a statement.
The university said government must implement existing legislation to hold murderers, rapists and abusers accountable.
“Schools must create effective curricular that speaks to gender equality and diversity,” said Wits management.
Wits added that Lugalo was a determined and driven young woman.
The murder of Lugalo comes a year after that of University of Cape Town first-year student Uyinene Mrwetyana.
(COMPILED BY INSIDE POLITICS STAFF)