TUT names bursary after student leader who died during protest

Johannesburg - A bursary to study at the Tshwane University of Technology's Soshanguve campus will be dedicated to the memory of student leader Lesedi Benjamin Phehla, the institution said.

Phehla died in an accident during student protests last week. TUT vice chancellor Professor Laurens van Staden made the announcement during the student's memorial service on Thursday.

"The memory of Phehla has been immortalised. University management has resolved that from next year one of the bursaries will be issued to an academically deserving student in the studies of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). It will be known as the Lesedi Benjamin Phehla scholarship fund," Van Staden said.

Van Staden promised the Phehla family that the institution would assist them "the best way we can as you go through this period of grief".

He spoke fondly of Phehla saying he displayed leadership qualities that would have made him a great leader of the country in the near future.

"Lesedi was not a student, but a student activist and leader. Not only did he represent students during meetings, but he was seen monitoring queues of students applying for registration year in year out. Indeed he was a selfless leader."

Phehla was hit by a car on Friday during a student protest. He died shortly afterwards.

The memorial service was attended by at least 2 000 students.

Student leaders spoke fondly of Phehla and pleaded with students to complete the academic year in his memory.

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