“He Went To Uyinene’s Funeral In The Eastern Cape, Not Knowing He Would Be Next,” UCT Student Stabbed At Clifton Beach

“He Went To Uyinene’s Funeral In The Eastern Cape, Not Knowing He Would Be Next,” UCT Student Stabbed At Clifton Beach. Mhleli Cebo Mbatha was stabbed by the chest on Saturday night at the Clifton Beach in Cape Town during a supposed robbery.

Mhleli Cebo Mbatha was stabbed by the chest on Saturday night at the Clifton Beach in Cape Town during a supposed robbery. The University of Cape Town student’s friend was attacked by the leg and was transferred to a hospital, two other woman students made it out without any injury. Sibongile Nxumalo, Mhleli Cebo Mbatha’s aunt, says that they were told that the people who stabbed her nephew wanted their cell phones.

The student’s relatives say that he cautioned the women in his family to be alert after going to the funeral of fellow University of Cape Town student, Uyinene Mrwetyana, three weeks before he was stabbed at the Clifton Beach. Sibongile Nxumalo says, “He went to Uyinene’s funeral in the Eastern Cape, not knowing he would be next. He was telling us how painful it was (referring to Uyinene’s passing away).”

His aunt told News24 that the last conversation he had with his sisters was when he told them to be cautious. “The last conversation he had with his sisters, he was telling them to be aware of thugs, and that they must be very cautious,” says Sibongile Nxumalo. The aunt went on to speak about what type of person the University of Cape Town student was. “He was a very good boy, a very humble person. You would always find him laughing and making jokes. When you were around him you would feel his warmth.” Elijah Moholola, the University of Cape Town spokesperson, says the three students that survived are in severe shock and trauma from the incident.

by Alexandra Ramaite

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