A city student was killed and his friend injured during a road rage incident involving fellow students, during a college function at a local resort.
The second-year student from Namibia, who was studying a management assistant programme at the Northern Cape Urban FET College was stabbed once on the left side of his chest, allegedly by a local disc jockey and his group of friends, also believed to be students at the college.
The student’s friend also sustained stab wounds on the left elbow and the right shoulder.
“The group of students were driving in a taxi to a venue where their party was held, in Modderriver. Whilst driving towards the venue, it is believed that they were confronted by the driver and the passengers of a white Hyundai,” said police spokesman, Lieutenant Olebogeng Tawana.
“Apparently the driver of the taxi was forced to pull off the road, to give the driver of the white Hyundai a way to pass through because the road on which both the taxi and the Hyundai was travelling on was too small for both cars to drive on, while driving opposite directions.”
Tawana added that after the taxi pulled off the road, the driver of the white Hyundai stopped and went to the taxi together with his passengers and banged on the windows of the taxi.
“Apparently during the banging on the taxi, the local DJ and his crew opened the door of the taxi and dragged the deceased out of the taxi and stabbed him together with his friend. The deceased sustained a single stab wound on the left side of the chest. He died on his way to the hospital,” Tawana added.
He said that although the suspects fled the scene after the incident, the police on Sunday managed to arrest the DJ and that more arrested would be made soon. The college function was held at a resort in Ritchie.
The students, who spoke on condition of anonymity, blamed the college for the murder.
“We warned the management against holding the freshers’ ball outside Kimberley because of transport challenges. The bus transporting us had to be overloaded and do many trips collecting students from the college to the venue. The student who was stabbed was among those who were being ferried to the venue late after 9pm when the event was actually nearing its end,” the students said.
The college said that it would respond on Monday. - Diamond Fields Advertiser