Mourners gather in East London to pay respects to Uyinene Mrwetyana

Mourners gather in East London to pay respects to Uyinene Mrwetyana

- Mourners, friends and family gathered recently in East London to bid farewell to brutally raped and murdered 19-year-old Uyinene Mrwetyana

- Uyinene’s death sparked a countrywide outrage over the state of violence against women and children in South Africa

- Hundreds were present at the University of Cape Town student’s funeral, including SA Police Minister, Bheki Cele

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Friends, family and members of the greater South African public have gathered in East London to mourn the passing of 19-year-old University of Cape Town (UCT) student, Uyinene Mrwetyana.

Uyinene disappeared last month and it was subsequently revealed that a Claremont post office employee raped and bludgeoned her during broad daylight and dumped her body in a nearby township.

The horrific incident had a massive impact on South Africa, representing just how deeply a culture of violence against women and children runs in the country.

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Hundreds of mourners have come together to say goodbye to the young, beautiful student, including South African Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, The Sowetan reported.

Also present were Premier for the Eastern Cape, Oscar Mabuyane, Member of the Executive Council for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana and Legislature Deputy Speaker, Mlibo Qoboshiyane.

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eNCA reported that a 49-year-old man has since been arrested in connection with the murder.

This past week, thousands of South Africans have taken to the streets to protest against violence against women and children and stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual assault, reported.

UCT has just announced that a scholarship for women students will be set up in memory of Uyinene.

Watch below for a live stream of Uyinene’s funeral proceedings:

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