Wits remembers students killed on May Day

13 May 2016 - 17:31 By Buchule Raba

One by one the families rose as the names of the seven students killed on May Day were read out by Adam Habib‚ the University of Witwatersrand’s vice-chancellor. Letlhogonolo Mosime (21)‚ Nakedi Boloka (21)‚ Faranani Masiagwala (18)‚ Matildah Lekhema (20)‚ Livhuwani Matibe (19)‚ Sipho Makhabane (24)‚ Dakalo Mulima (24).Family members entered the Great Hall in tears and one woman had to be supported as she walked to her chair.Thirteen students were travelling to Polokwane for a church pilgrimage when their minibus taxi crashed near Mokopane‚ Limpopo. Seven died on the side of the road and six are in hospital. Most were members of the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) Students’ Society on Wits campus.The dead were studying mechanical engineering‚ education‚ medicine‚ law and actuarial science."We lost future leaders and these were going to be professionals in their respective careers‚” said ZCC student chairperson Ben Mahudu. They were our friends‚ brother and sisters.”Wits SRC president Nompendulo Mkatshwa rose to speak: "It's difficult for us to accept because these were beautiful young lives that entered the university to access acquire knowledge and graduate." - TMG Digital..

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