Dear students and colleagues
I write to express our sincere sadness at the death of Ms Lutendo Prudence Nwedo (21), a third-year student who was studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce degree, specialising in economics and finance.
Ms Nwedo died in the early hours of Tuesday, 17 October 2017, at Forest Hill residence. Police are investigating the circumstances leading to her death.
Ms Nwedo has been described as being very committed to her academic studies, and she achieved sound academic results every year. She is survived by her parents.
Details of both the memorial and funeral service have not yet been confirmed. These will be finalised at a later stage after consultation with the family. The university has been in contact with her family and has reached out to offer support and assistance during this difficult and painful time of bereavement.
We convey our deepest condolences to Ms Nwedo’s family, friends and all who knew her.
We also urge students experiencing any distress – whether from this news or any other challenges – to utilise the SADAG UCT Student Careline (0800 24 25 26), which is free from a Telkom line, or to SMS 31393 for a call-me-back. This line offers 24/7 telephonic counselling, advice, referral facilities and general mental health support to students.
Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng
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