TUT student Ngcebo Thusi

The student who was found dead at Ekhaya Junction residence in Pretoria. Images via Facebook.

Rugby player accused of murdering TUT student remanded in custody

TUT student, Ntokozo Xaba was allegedly stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend, Ngcebo Thusi who was remanded in custody.

TUT student Ngcebo Thusi

The student who was found dead at Ekhaya Junction residence in Pretoria. Images via Facebook.

Rugby player, Ngcebo Thusi has been remanded in custody following his appearance at the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Monday, 6 February in connection with the murder of Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) student, Ntokozo Mayenzi Xaba.

Thusi allegedly stabbed the 20-year-old multiple times at the Ekhaya Junction student residence in Pretoria.


According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Ngcebo Thusi is facing a charge of murder and defeating the administration of justice. 

As previously reported by The South African, it is alleged that on 1 February 2023 the 20-year-old deceased, together with a group of friends, had a social gathering at the deceased’s place in Pretoria Gardens.  It is alleged that Thusi was amongst the people who were at the social gathering. 

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It is further alleged that the Thusi was the last person to leave the deceased’s place at midnight or the early hours of the morning.  The deceased’s lifeless body with multiple stab wounds was found in the morning by friends when they went to check on her.

NPA Regional spokesperson, Lumka Mahanjana said the matter was reported to the police and the accused was arrested on 2 February 2023.

“He is remanded in custody. The matter was postponed to 13 February 2023 for confirmation of his address and profiling,” she said.

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TUT Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tinyiko Maluleke said the memorial service for the TUT community will take place on Thursday, 9 February at 10:00, Student Centre, Soshanguve South Campus. 

“The TUT community is in mourning. Our students are inconsolable, and the staff members are grieving. On behalf of the Council of the University and the entire University community, we send our deepest condolences to the Xaba family,” he said.

Prof Maluleke also announced an institution-wide week of mourning for Xaba. As a public display of mourning, the TUT flag will fly half-mast at all campuses until the end of the week.

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