UCT announces Uyinene Mrwetyana scholarship for women in humanities


Thousands of UCT students, staff and others filled the Sarah Baartman Plaza on campus for a memorial service held for slain student Uyinene Mrwetyana on 4 September 2019.


The University of Cape Town’s vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng announced that the institution has established the Uyinene Mrwetyana Scholarship for women in humanities in honour of the slain student’s life. Phakeng was speaking at Mrwetyana’s funeral at the Abbotsford Christian Centre in East London, in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.

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“Your loss is our loss, and as I announce the Uyinene Mrwetyana Scholarship for women in the humanities I want you to know that our community actually has started giving to the scholarship. We will be able to give the first student who will start at UCT in January 2020.”

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19-year-old was raped and murdered, allegedly by a post office employee in Cape Town last week has been remembered as a bubbly young woman who had an infectious smile and a zest for life.

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