Search For missing Student Ends In Tragedy


Article Written By:

Anita Dlamini

Missing student Munyaradzi Rennie Mahere was found dead after being declared missing for less than a week.  A group of minors found the body of Mahere (21) while fishing for crabs and immediately notified the Alexandra police. Two days prior the official university statement was released RMS (risk management services) had declined to make any statement on the rampant rumours which speculated that he had passed away. Mahere was a second year BComm Accounting student and had recently helped launch the campus for green society and was a budding entrepreneur. His friends launched a campus wide search for him by pasting posters around the Pietermaritzburg campus and appealing for anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to come forward, however there were no viable leads. As he was last seen alive on the 11th of August.  The universities corporate relations officer Nomonde Mbadi released a statement on the 24th of August expressing the universities heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of the deceased. At this point Mahere or Munya or as he was affectionately know facebook profile was bombarded with messages from friends expressing their confusion and dismay over the death of their friend. One read:   “How come they call it goodbye? How come the good die? See I just get and think of the good times that I had with Munya, he was a good guy. How come the good die?” Friends described him as a guy who was slightly introverted, a determined go getter, who had big ideas for the I Hope Campaign and was dedicated to anything he put his mind to. The official statement released by the university did not go into detail as to what the cause of death was, however they did reveal that he passed away under tragic circumstances. At this point the Authorities have declined to comment on the whole ordeal out of respect of the family’s right to privacy.

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