15 more arrested for University of Fort Hare murders

By Rorisang Modiba

The police have arrested 15 more people linked to the murders at the University of Fort Hare (UFH). 

Police spokesperson Brigadier Athlenda Mathe on Sunday 31 March, confirmed to News24 that the national task team had made another breakthrough.

Richard Vesele, the bodyguard of Vice-Chancellor Professor Sakhele Buhlungu at the university, was murdered on 6 January, 2023. 

Three months later, Buhlungu’s second bodyguard died in a hit-and-run incident on the R63 road between Qonce and Alice while he was in a Mercedes Benz. 

Reports suggested he was a key witness for the murder trial of the first slain bodyguard.

General Fannie Masemola, the head of the SAPS, said the team will keep working fairly and bravely.

“The team has been working at getting to the bottom of who is behind the fraud, corruption and the murders at the university. They will continue to investigate and hunt those who are found to have had a hand in any wrongdoing,” Masemola said.

“Our focus is to bring a case that will be able to stand up in court through all the evidence that has been collected by the team.”

Police Minister Bheki Cele established a task team in January last year to tackle the violent and fatal attacks at UFH. 

“The team must work closely with university staff and the intelligence community to crack the cases that will see the culprits go to jail,” Cele said.

Cele and Masemola are expected to attend the court proceedings on Tuesday.

Pictured above: University of Fort Hare. 

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