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Zimbabwean PhD Student Commits Suicide In SA Over Expired Study Permit

Zimbabwean PhD Student Commits Suicide In SA Over Expired Study Permit

A Zimbabwean PhD Candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa took his own life last weekend after failing to register for the 2022 academic year due to an expired permit.

In a memo to the students, the university said Philip Chuma’s study permit expired in November, and he had been unable to renew it. The university said:

His study permit expired in November, and he had been unable to renew it. Home Affairs required the processing of a Letter of Good Cause, which we supplied to him towards the end of last year.

Unfortunately, all attempts to request speedy processing of his documentation were in vain, and this distressed him enormously as he had not been able to register for the 2022 academic year until his documents were in order.

He was in regular communication with the Wits International Office, his supervisor and the School Business Manager about the progress of sorting out his documentation.

This week, he had put in an application to teach in the US through the Educational Partners International (EPI) programme.

Philip has been doing his PhD on the transition of newly qualified teachers into their first teaching position in Zimbabwean schools.

He had recently completed his data analysis chapters and was busy working on his Discussion and interpretation of his findings.

He presented parts of his work at SAERA and at the LCT International Conferences.

It was our hope that his PhD would be ready for examination later this year.

Zimbabwe’s exiled former Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Professor Jonathan Moyo said:

Philip Chuma, a PhD candidate at Wits University in Johannesburg, died by suicide over the weekend; in a tragic case that has the evil trappings of the anti-Zimbabwean Afrophobia being pursued by Minister Motsoaledi at Home Affairs.

Chuma played by the rules, to no avail. MHSRIP!

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Limbikani 1 month ago

Mental health ma1. We all need help when we're in such situations. Unfortunately it's hard to see that someone needs help before they take this step

Chawabvunza 1 month ago

All innocent souls perishing in xenophobic attacks are hanging over people in charge of governance in Old People's Home government. May PHILIP CHUMA's soul rest in eternal peace.


Skuz Apo 1 month ago

hanzy better kufa pane kudzokera ku nhamo


😩i come in peace but you provoke me

Asalif 1 month ago

meso amai kana usina kwekutambira rara


😁Linjani MaShona lama Ndebele


Asalif 1 month ago

I think the government it's high time now it should go to the drawing board with S.A government concerning this permit issues coz look at this guy they refused to renew his permit more over he was a student and not a work permit and this is a demonstration by SADC countries but our leader don't use common sense Zimbabweans are not tolerated in other countries especially S.A tazara munyika dzavamwe moreover we are into crime tave ikoko

ver 1 month ago

if they renew study permits those with expired Zep will chip in for study permit queues
zimbos are so clever and adamand to go back to their country
let it be like that no zep,no study permit
zim ppl must b on home soil removing the big elephant in the building which is zanu pf
this is a political crisis which can be sorted by a political solution
zimbos must come back simple which is

Farai Jere 1 month ago

Why taking one's life, as if getting a PHD is a surity of living for ever.

Jimmy 1 month ago


605 1 month ago

its soo sad thus life rest in peace may family members be strong and understand his situation was suffering

Dr Hercules 1 month ago

The world is a bad place indeed but commiting suicide is not a solution.

Bleh 1 month ago

Dear brother they is not peace for self slaughter,when you take your own life you stain your Soul

aaaa 1 month ago

Zorora murugare hama

263 1 month ago

Rest in peace dear

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