Uyinene Mrwetyana: A week of mourning and reflection

10 September 2019 | Video Evan Zerf. Journalist Carla Bernardo. Photo Je’nine May.

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.

#RememberNene | #RiseAgainstSGBV | #JustNO


Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Please view the republishing articles page for more information.

Remembering Nene

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.