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UCT Student Uyinene Mrwetyana Remembered A Year After Her Brutal Murder


SOUTH Africans of all hues on Monday placed flowers, pictures and colourful ribbons on the railings outside Clareinch Post Office in Cape Town, Western Cape, to commemorate one year since the brutal killing of Uyinene Mrwetyana.

Others took to Twitter and Facebook to remember the 19-year-old University of Cape Town student who was raped and killed at the Clareinch Post Office before her body was dumped in Khayelitsha.

Post office employee Luyanda Botha pleaded guilty and was handed three life sentences for the gruesome murder of Mrwetyana.

Mrwetyana’s murder sparked a nationwide outcry and mass protests against gender-based violence.

UCT vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng said on Monday that the Uyinene Mrwetyana Foundation will co-host with the Psychological Society of South Africa and the University of South Africa’s Masculinity & Health Research Unit a webinar in commemoration of the life of Uyinene.

The webinar will unpack violence against women. The programme will feature leading psychologists, including UCT’s Professor Floretta Boonzaier.

“A year ago today, in the most horrific way, we lost our student Uyinene Mrwetyana to SGBV. This sparked a wave of outrage and pain not only at UCT but in South Africa and the rest of the world. Uyinene’s brutal rape and murder became one of a long list of women and vulnerable people who are violated daily,” said Phakeng.

“We had not even recovered from the Uyinene tragedy when just a few days ago, the higher education sector and the country was again devastated by the brutal murder of Wits University first-year student, Asithandile Zozo. We convey our heartfelt condolences to the Zozo family and stand in solidarity with the Wits community as we continue the fight against GBV.”

Social media users have also shared their memories and thoughts on the commemoration day.


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