Nkosinathi Nkomo: South Africans still furious over inventor’s death
Nkosinathi Nkomo was a Soweto-born Universality of Cape Town (UCT) student and inventor. He died at just 24-years-old after gaining attention from national media for his invention of a water purification system aimed at helping the drought crisis.
His product and company, AquaRenu, began gaining attention in October. By December, he was dead after allegedly falling from a multi-storey building in Cape Town. This questions and conspiracy theories soon began in earnest.
Unable to afford his UCT fees, Komo had launched AquaRenu and soon began making enough money to pay his fees and continue his civil engineering degree.
“Kau (Nkomo’s nickname) would do research and learn as much as he can about anything,” his cousin told Sowetan in 2017.
At the time of his death, Police didn’t offer much info other than the fact that no foul play was suspected.
“It’s been alleged that the deceased fell from the balcony of his fifth-floor apartment at the hotel. No foul play is suspected at this moment and an inquest case was registered for investigation purposes.” – Western Cape police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Traut
The conspiracy theories grew after Nkomo’s father “ruled out” suicide for his son’s death. He was adamant Nkomo had no enemies, owed no debts and said that “the truth will come out one day.”
Fast forward to February 2018 and #NkosinathiNkomo is trending on local Twitter. Why? One particular tweet from Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, has a lot to do with it.
Congratulations Retief Krige, the industrial designer who created Waterloo, the quick and easy way of using your shower water to flush your loo. Affordable too! https://t.co/HOyBqAyDpp pic.twitter.com/PIuHFeeGMQ
— Helen Zille (@helenzille) February 7, 2018
I wonder what #NkosinathiNkomo would say about this…pity he had to slip on a bar of soap, while climbing out of bed on the top of a Cape Town building – right after presenting a pioneering water purification idea to help alleviate Cape Town's water crisis https://t.co/yldjQvhdui
— Babes woTwayi Lwenkanuko (@Mamgcina83ZA) February 8, 2018
— LesDee (@Dibakcslk) February 8, 2018