UFS management responds to student’s death


The executive management of the University of the Free State (UFS) is shocked at the news of the killing of one of its students, Aphiwe Gcakasi.

Gcakasi was fatally stabbed on Sunday at around 02:30 next to the Dodo Chicken food store in Willows, Bloemfontein. Police revealed that Gcakasi and his friends were robbed of their cell phones and money by a group of African males when shortly thereafter an altercation broke out which resulted in Gcakasi being stabbed twice in his chest.

UFS spokesperson, Lacea Loader, on behalf of management, extended her deepest condolences to the murdered student’s family, relatives, and friends. Loader confirmed that his family has been notified and further revealed that the university is providing the family with the necessary support.

Gcakasi was transported to the National Hospital by his friends in a private vehicle, where he was declared dead on arrival by medical authorities.

Meanwhile, Park Road Police spokesperson, Thabo Covane, told OFM News that there are leads on the case, despite the fact that no arrests have been made. Covane further stated that the members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) will do everything in their power to catch the assailants and bring them to justice. Gcakasi originally hailed from Port Elizabeth and was a second-year law student. He was 20 years old.

Pulane Choane / OFM News