In remembrance: Ndyebo Henry Makupula

31 January 2024

Dear colleagues and students

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Mr Ndyebo Henry Makupula (68), our PhD student in the Department of Private Law, on Saturday, 20 January 2024 following a short illness.

Mr Makupula enrolled for his PhD at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2023. He was a retired senior official in the South African Navy. He has been described as an extraordinary individual who was very humble and hard working.

At the time of his passing, he was completing his PhD proposal on the concept of lawfare in the constitutional provisions of South Africa that relate to amnesty for politically motivated offences. Mr Makupula was a passionate opponent of any form of legislative provision that amounts to impunity for apartheid as a crime against humanity. In his proposal, he scrutinised an overwhelming amount of international law that militates against amnesty for apartheid. He was strongly critical of the amnesty provisions that facilitated South Africa’s transition to democracy in the mid-90s.

Mr Makupula was cremated on Wednesday, 31 January in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

He is survived by his partner Ms Kelebohile Lekoape and three children, Ayanda Majola, Khanyanjalo Socikwa and Kamvalethu Socikwa.

The university has reached out to offer support to the Makupula family and our sincere condolences go out to them and all who knew and loved him during this time of bereavement.

The UCT Executive

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