Uyinene Mrwetyana Remembered 2 Years After Her Passing

Uyinene Mrwetyana Remembered 2 Years After Her Passing. Two years ago today,19-year-old UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana, was brutally raped and murdered at the Clareinch Post Office. Her body was dumped in Khayelitsha, where it was found a few days after an intensive search.

Post office worker Luyanda Botha arrested in connection with the rape and murder of Uyinene. The 42-year-old was then handed three life sentences for the gruesome crime. Had her life not been cut short, Uyinene would have celebrated her 21st birthday in April this year. Those close to her have kept her memory alive through the Uyinene Mrwetyana Foundation. The foundation’s main aim is to empower young people to stand against violence.

As people commemorate her 2nd death anniversary, brightly colored ribbons are being tied up at the Clarenreich Post Office Claremont since this morning. A lot of people also took to social media to share beautiful tributes in honor of Uyinene. Vice Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, addressed both her colleagues and students today over issues of gender based violence which keep on escalating.

The deeply shocking murder of University of Fort Hare Law student Nosicelo Mtebeni strikes too close to home. Just two years ago this week, we were reeling from the rape and murder of University of Cape Town (UCT) Humanities student Uyinene Mrwetyana. Today I am devastated that I feel the same heartache I felt in 2019. On behalf of UCT, I extend our heartfelt condolences to Nosicelo’s family, friends and the University of Fort Hare community on this terrible loss, Professor Phakeng said.

Check out the rest of Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng’s speech here—->

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