Honour Benjamin by going back to class - TUT students at memorial service

2016-10-27 16:34
The memorial service of Lesedi Phehla who died in an accident during students protests at TUT Soshanguve campus. (News24)

The memorial service of Lesedi Phehla who died in an accident during students protests at TUT Soshanguve campus. (News24)

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Pretoria - TUT Soshanguve student leaders on Thursday called on all students to go back to class in memory of their fellow student, Benjamin Phehla, who died when he was hit by a car during protests last week.

Student leaders who spoke during Phehla's memorial service in Pretoria, said his wish was for the academic year to conclude.

"Let us go back to class comrades. Benjamin fought for us to go back to class and finish this year. Let us go back and honour his memory," a student leader said.

READ: TUT student leader dies after motorist crashes into protesters

Thousands of students attended the service.

Students pleaded with university management to address their needs.

"We ask you, management, to please address our concerns so that no other student dies again," one student leader said.

Phehla was described as a hero and a leader who believed in the fight for free education.

Economic Freedom Fighters student leaders said, although they did not share Phehla’s ideology, they shared the fight for free education.

Phehla’s relatives sat quietly, listening to students sharing their memories of him.

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