UCT hopes to honour Uyinene Mrwetyana with scholarship for women

UCT hopes to honour Uyinene Mrwetyana with scholarship for women

The University of Cape Town has established the Uyinene Mrwetyana scholarship for women in humanity studies to honour the murdered 19-year-old student whose death has ripped apart the hearts of South Africans.

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A week-long frantic search for Uyinene Mrwetyana culminated in the discovery of her body. A suspect has been arrested, allegedly confessing to both raping and murdering the promising student and the news left South Africa broken.

Mourners, friends and family gathered in East London to bid farewell the 19-year-old.

Briefly.co.za reported that hundreds were present at the University of Cape Town student’s funeral, including SA Police Minister, Bheki Cele.

Now, in an act of honouring Uyinene, the university has established the Uyinene Mrwetyana scholarship for women in humanity studies.

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The University of Cape Town vice-chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, announced the scholarship before the mourners gathered at the Abbordford Christian Centre in East London.

TimesLIVE reports Phakeng said:

"We have made a commitment, we at UCT to not allow Uyinene’s death to just remain another statistic. We don’t want her just to be a number. One of the ways we will take a stand against the crime that ended her life is through establishing the Uyinene Mrwetyana scholarship for women in humanity studies."

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Furthermore, Uyinene's mother will establish a foundation in her daughter's name to continue the fight against gender-based violence.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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