NWUTimesLIVE reports that students and staff at the North West University (NWU) are mourning the death of a lecturer, who allegedly fell into a trench at the university's Potchefstroom campus.  

Rudi van de Venter’s body was discovered by security personnel on Saturday.  “The university community is quite shocked and saddened at the loss of Mr Venter, especially in such a freak accident," said NWU spokesperson Louis Jacobs.  The trench was dug last week and had been "properly cordoned", said Jacobs.  “We are unfortunately not able to indicate or speculate on what might have transpired.  When the body was found, police were immediately called.  More details will be revealed in the investigations," he said.  The 48-year-old lecturer had been employed in the faculty of education and lectured mathematics.  A police spokesperson said his body was found in an unusual position, indicating that he may have broken his neck, but a post-mortem would establish the cause of death.  An inquest investigation is under way.


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