Wednesday, 4 September 2019, has been a day of mourning and activism against sexual and gender-based violence. UCT chancellor Mrs Graça Machel spoke at the memorial service that was held for Uyinene Mrwetyana on the steps in front of Sarah Baartman Hall.
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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.