Stampede victim’s son told to study hard

2012-01-21 14:35

Johannesburg - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande urged the son of the woman who died in a stampede at the University of Johannesburg to study hard in honour of his mother, the SABC reported.

Nzimande was speaking at the funeral of Gloria Sekwena, 47, in Kagiso in the west of Johannesburg on Saturday.

The broadcaster said Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane pledged support to the family, providing transport for mourners and counselling services.

Sekwena's coffin was placed in the middle of the mourners inside the Lady of Peace Church surrounded by flowers, while her framed picture was placed nearby, the broadcaster reported.

Family members spoke about Sekwena's desire to see her son getting good education.

The broadcaster further reported that Sekwena had also received a degree in nursing at the same institution in the past.

Sekwena died two weeks ago at the campus while accompanying her son to see him through the application process.

UJ management has offered to pay for her son's studies should he be accepted to study there.

  • Greg - 2012-01-21 14:41

    Too little too late.

      david.streicher - 2012-01-21 17:12

      wise words from blunt blade

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-21 14:54

    Good advice. Good gesture.

      John - 2012-01-21 15:16

      Too little too late by 17 years. These bozos in government have downgraded the grade 12 pass rate AND the matriculation pass rate, so that now thousands of mindless pupils rock up at the gates of universities wanting admission. All the tertiary education facilities have 180 000 places for 1 st year students. 340 000 students matriculated. Blade Nzimande must fall opn his sword, as last year 30 000 students showed up at UJ!

  • Darren.Barr1 - 2012-01-21 15:25

    "should he be accepted". After THAT you would think it wasnt up for discussion.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-21 15:41

    I hope he also learnt that walking in an orderly fashion could save his life!

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