March in memory of fallen Wits students 

By Drum Digital
06 May 2016

The Zion Christian Church (ZCC) has confirmed that all the University of Witwatersrand students who died in a devastating accident on the N1 South NYL Plaza to Limpopo, are members of the church.

Bishop B E Lekganyane, the head of the ZCC church has conveyed his message of condolences to the families of the deceased.

Priests from the ZCC headquarters will be visiting the families of the late students to offering counselling and support.

The church has called on Government to ensure that the process of legally identifying the students speedily, as this process can take weeks to complete.

Fasiha Hassan, secretary general at Wits University says the date for the memorial service and funeral of the student has not been set yet and discussions are underway with the ZCC and deceased learners’ parents to determine the dates.

However, a march will take place at 12 pm on Friday from their school of education campus to their main campus.

“The flags have been flown at half-mast and the University community is in mourning,” she says.

“We have lost seven young and bright minds and we have lost future actuaries, doctors, teachers, engineers and lawyers.”

The pillars of the Great Hall at Wits University have been draped in black cloth, which Hassan says symbolises the dark cloud that has befallen the nation.

“We students are the pillars of the university, we are the ones who hold up the institution. A loss to one is a loss to all,” she adds.

Leading up to the memorial service, Wits SRC has organised a commemorative event which will take place on Friday, after the student march.

In a statement, the ZCC said it will continue to offer its support to the grieving families.

“We requests believers to pray to God for strength of the families, relatives and friends of the deceased, we also wish the injured full recovery. This is a tragic loss to the nation a whole not just Wits University and the ZCC only. May their souls rest in peace.”

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