Wits mourns student death, demand intervention to tackle depression

Students at the University of the Witwatersrand are voicing their frustration over a perceived lack of support from the institution after a male student committed suicide and a female student was rushed to hospital after attempting to end her life – reportedly within 24 hours.

Mpumelelo Tshabalala died on Wednesday night‚ his cousin Makhosini Buhali confirmed.

“It is with heavy heart to confirm the passing of my cousin brother Mpumi. I had high hopes that it was a silly mistake but after identifying your body‚ indeed you are gone Ntwanas‚” he shared on Facebook.

A friend‚ Matshaba Gontse‚ shared on Twitter: “Mpumi has done so much for me in such a short space of time. I’m struggling to come into terms with your passing. You were a friend‚ a leader and a mentor.”

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