Stampede: Teen still wants to study at UJ

2012-01-11 23:03

Johannesburg - The young man whose mother was killed during a stampede at the University of Johannesburg, Kgositsile Sekwena, still wants to study there, his dad said on Wednesday.

"It remains his preferred university," said Joe Sekwena.

His wife Gloria, 46, and son were queueing at the university on Tuesday hoping to get last-minute admission for him, when the crowd of about 6 000 pushed against the gates from behind.

Gloria fell as people surged forwards, and suffered head and chest injuries.

She died at the scene.

Joe Sekwena said Kgositsile and his brother, Musimane, who is in matric this year, are trying to cope with the tragedy as best they can.

The university on Wednesday offered to pay Kgositsile's tuition fees, but Joe says they are not even thinking about a bursary right now.

"My wife is dead. At the moment I'm focusing on just that," he said.

The UJ's registrar, Professor Marie Muller, said a memorial service would be held on the campus when the Sekwena family feels up to it.

On Wednesday a few young people were still milling around the entrance to the Bunting Road campus in Auckland Park, where the incident happened, hoping to get admission.

This despite the UJ's announcement on Tuesday that late applications had been closed.

Mpho Rampedi, a UJ student who was standing in line for his brothers and sister, was there when the thousands of waiting people surged forwards.

He said he was so afraid, that he stood aside.

Mpho said he saw how Sekwena died.

"It was horrific. They just walked over her."  

  • Ashley - 2012-01-12 07:49

    the funny part of this story is: these people that went to register supposed to be educated and civilized to study at University but from the way they behave with the whole stampede incident , i don't see any civilized behaviour there!!!!

      MoAfrika - 2012-01-12 10:59

      You sir/madam are a fool.

      Ashley - 2012-01-12 11:04

      @MoAfrika - i think you are one of the fools that stampeded that poor woman. By the way, it's Sir to you!

      Justine - 2012-01-12 14:18

      Moafrika! My friend! You are the fool!!! Please, tell me how this stampede was civil? Unless you were apart of it?

  • Mlungisi - 2012-01-12 08:28

    Good luck buddy, you'll be strong. Study hard and take your life to another level.

  • Koos - 2012-01-12 08:42

    UJ is not at fault here....... if you see how the people jumped the gates..... they are at fault and the cause of these actions!!

      Makhosazane - 2012-01-12 14:28

      I agree Koos - had they formed a straight queue and respected the first come first serve basis of all things - this would have been appointed.

  • Munchk1n - 2012-01-12 08:50

    I see new houses and complexes being built, yet no new schools or institutes, and you wonder why there is over crowding at schools and tertiary institutes

  • Flynn - 2012-01-12 09:39

    UJ is totally at fault. They could have overcome this problem by telling students to enter on line around September 2011 - if they were successful or not, they would have received a notification by just say 15 December 2011, some people no matter how educated they are, they are still stupid.

      Karabo - 2012-01-12 09:43

      I think the department in concern of higher education needs to come up with an initiative to encourage matric students to register while they are still in matric. Sometime after the 2nd quarter.

      nothile.dlamini1 - 2012-01-12 09:58

      I couldn't agree more. UJ should cut their so-called open door policy. you don't see students queuing at Stellenbosch for late applications...maybe they need to learn a thing or two.

  • jerry.mamabolo - 2012-01-12 09:43

    Where exactly does this last minute registration culture come from? As SA citizens we tend to do just that. Tax returns, vehicle licences and the list goes on and on. Lets all learn to be responsible for our lives and do things on time.

  • mogananna - 2012-01-12 15:05

    Sad story, may her soul rest in peace. Be a man (strong) study hard and follow your Mom foot steps.!!

  • Lorraine - 2012-01-12 20:27

    condolences to the family,may God give you all the strength through this difficult time.

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