Death of UFS student causes shockwave on social media

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Shakira van Staden
Condolences and heartfelt messages poured in on social media after the body of a first-year student at the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein was discovered in her room on Sunday.

The university said in a statement that Shakira van Staden, who is from De Aar in the Northern Cape, stayed in a private, off-campus student residence at the time of the incident.

According to police spokesperson, Motantsi Makhele, Van Staden’s body was discovered by her flatmate who is also from De Aar. He explained that during preliminary investigations, police discovered that her flatmate had left the previous night and according to her, upon her return on Sunday, she made the shocking discovery. Makhele also added that the deceased had bruises on her neck. He says police have opened an inquest docket and the investigation continues.

Meanwhile, the UFS has sent out their condolences and has offered counselling and support to the deceased’s family and friends. Van Staden was a B Admin student at the institution.

OFM News/Elsabé Richard