AS IT HAPPENED | #RIPUyinene: 'I'm sorry that I warned you about all other places but not the post office. I'm sorry I was not there to fight for you my girl' - mom

2019-09-07 07:09

The funerals for murdered UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana and slain youth leader Jesse Hess take place on Saturday.

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07 Sep 13:26

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The funeral service has now concluded.


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Vuyani thanks the police investigators who worked hard on finding Uyinene's body. He asks them to come up on stage. The entire hall rises to their feet and applauds them.

- Mpho Raborife (News24)


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"I will miss you, your outspokenness. You were the one that pushed me to speak. My Uyiuyi, an extremely independent and organised lady from early on in life. You were an explorer, very different from me and you would call me boring."

"You had a deep, commanding voice, and always say 'Molo Mama' when you answer your phone. I'm sorry that I warned you about all other places but not the post office. I'm sorry I was not there to fight for you my girl... I love you my girl"


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Several people are now weeping in the hall after hearing Esona break down, apologising to his sister for not being there to protect her from her attacker on that fateful day.

- Mpho Raborife (News24)


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Her sister Kholo is singing a song dedicated to her sister. She's fighting back tears, but she wants to make sure she finishes it.

Her older brother Esona says she used to reprimand him for calling her 'Uyi' in front of her friends because she preferred Nene.

Her untimely passing has revealed the evil that exists in this world, evil that she despised. I can't remember the last time we went out as a family and not criticise the injustices that existed in this world against women, says Esona.

He says through this period, he has asked himself many times, where God was when his sister had gone missing and was ultimately found dead. He says he still struggles to this day.


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UCT SRC president Asanda Lobelo - "We are struggling to deal with what has happened, we are deeply traumatised, we are deeply hurt." Uyinene's fighting spirit managed to pull the students together. "She was much more than this one experience."

- Mpho Raborife (News24)


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Cele says he doesn't want police officers to ask women who come to the station to report a rape "is this how you were dressed?" He says they are not fashion designers, they must do what they are trained to do and help them open a case.


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Cele: To the parents, please allow us to use Nene so that we don't drop the ball again, says Cele. Says 2 months ago, in Philippi in CT, 6 young people between 16 and 25 were killed. He says no one spoke about them. They were all related


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Cele emphasises that the people who work in the SA Police Service are highly educated and specialised in their profession. Adds that he did not want to declare Uyinene dead until they had confirmed for sure, despite the likelihood looking less and less at the time.

"In our anger, which is justified we must not forget that there are good men."

(mixed reaction from the mourners).

"All good people, incl good men, must come together on this thing and isolate the murderers, rapists and thieves," he says.


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Cele is now re-telling the story of what happened to Uyinene on that fateful day when she went to go the post office. Keeps emphasising the fact that she fought her attacker more than once while he was trying to have his way with her.


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Cele says he is also a parent of a UCT student. Calls his daughter brave and driven. "But she said something to me last week, she said 'Dad I'm scared, can you facilitate for me to get a firearm, pepperspray or an oukapi.'" He says that scared him as well.


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Police Minister Bheki Cele is now stepping up to address the mourners. The MC says he must explain to us all how he is going to ensure that no one ever lays a hand on women again


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Mabuyane says patriarchy is deep-rooted. Even in the bible, it gives men 'super rights' and 'super powers'. He says addressing the issue of patriarchy must be re-looked at holistically, beyond government's duty. Says it's a societal issue.


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Mabuyane is now reading a bible verse, and says God will show the Mrwetyana family a sign in which they can begin their healing, but maintains that they must hold on to God and be guided by him


07 Sep 09:31

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Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane is now standing at the podium.


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"It's time to say to killers 'enough is enough, no more'. We declare war on sugar daddies who prey on the poverty of young girls. It's time to say to the rapist, your days are numbered," says Manamela.


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"Of course more needs to be done, and this needs to be done faster. This is a social crisis. These perpetrators are in ordinary communities, who live with us, and look like us. They are in our homes, our churches and our workplaces," says Manamela.


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Higher Education Deputy Minister Buti Manamela takes the podium now.


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Phakeng, who has lost a daughter herself, says the best gift the Mrwetyanas can give their beloved daughter is to heal from the pain that they are feeling.


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The Uyinene Scholarship for Women in the Humanities will be for women wanting to study at UCT. They want her name to continue shining a bright light of good. "No child without a legacy or purpose, Uynine lived a short life but it was beautiful & powerful."

- Mpho Raborife (News24)


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"Nene was dear to our students, to our staff, to everyone who interacted with her. Nene has been robbed. It's difficult to lose a child this way. For me, I have lost a daughter," says UCT Vice Chancellor Phakeng. She says the university has since launched an I Am programme as a result.


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