An executive staff member of the University of Zululand was shot dead outside his home on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast on Tuesday afternoon.
Dean of the Faculty of Arts Professor Gregory Kamwendo was in his vehicle when he was gunned down.
“A 53-year-old man arrived at his home in Durford roadâ€š Empangeniâ€š when he was shot by two unknown suspects while in his vehicle. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body and was declared dead at the scene by paramedicsâ€š” said KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele.
She said the motive for the killing was unknown at this stage.
Police have opened a murder docket.
By Wednesday afternoonâ€š the university’s management had not issued a statement confirming Kamwendo’s death and were unavailable for comment.
Howeverâ€š tributes for Kamwendo poured in on social media where his students described him as “lovely soul” and a dedicated academic.
The Malawian-born professor in Sociolinguistics and Education was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Zululand in 2016.
According to the university’s newsletter at the timeâ€š Kamwendo was a seasoned manager and administrator having previously occupied managerial positions at other universities across the African continent.
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