Uyinene Mrwetyana, a first-year UCT student, went missing on Saturday, 24 August. A desperate yet hopeful search ensued in the days that followed. But then, on Monday, 2 September, the worst news was confirmed: Nene was found murdered.
Immediately, the university community commenced a period of mourning in Nene's honour. This included prayer circles, night vigils, protest action and a memorial.
We need to strengthen our commitment to prevent and deal with sexual and gender-based violence at all levels.
UCT will continue to work with all staff, students and society at large to tackle this scourge.
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The University of Cape Town mourns the tragic death of our student Uyinene Mrwetyana, fondly known as Nene. The fact that a young female student has died in this horrific manner is devastating, and it has shocked us to our core. It is incomprehensible that a young life, with so much potential, has been stolen from her family and our community. It is even more distressing that this horrible incident is one of many where women – young and old, and even girls – are ripped from our communities in such a violent manner.