THE University of Zululand hosted an interfaith prayer event recently at King Bhekuzulu Hall on the KwaDlangezwa Campus. Priests representing different denominations took turns to pray for students and the university at large to be cleansed of the dark cloud hanging over the institution.
Vice-Chancellor, Prof Fikile NM Mazibuko said the numbers of students dying was abnormal. “Yes, we do understand that it was normal that in a life cycle we lose young people but, the pattern is worrying and unnatural because the cause of death is through violence.”
Prof Mazibuko said some die because of self-destruction. “Some students will be worried that they might not return to the university because of funding. By the time they get that funding they are gone,” she said.
She also cited the fact that liquor was central in many cases of death.
The Vice-Chancellor encouraged students to speak out if they are facing any dilemmas and advised that there are processes and channels they can explore to get assistance.
CAPTION:The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Fikile NM Mazibuko staff with priests representing different denominations at the prayer event.