Memorial service for Wits contract worker

2016-09-29 15:33
(Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

(Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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Johannesburg - The University of the Witwatersrand will on Thursday hold a memorial service for the contract worker who died during protests last week, the Wits #FeesMustFall movement said.

Celumusa Ntuli, 39, would be remembered at an event at Solomon Mahlangu (Senate) House lecture hall 6 at noon, according to a statement.

The group said it would not allow those in power to use Ntuli’s death to “delegitimise“ their call for free quality education and demands to end what they claimed are exploitative labour practises on the Wits campus and in South Africa.

Ntuli was cleaning at the Jubilee Hall residence last week Tuesday when protesters entered and released fire extinguishers.

He fell ill shortly afterwards. Campus' health and wellness centre staff helped him. He was taken to Milpark Hospital. He was discharged after three days, but developed complications. He died while being taken back to the hospital.

Students had been protesting since September 19, following Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande’s announcement that universities could decide their own fee increases for 2017, up to a maximum of 8%.

The movement asked for donations to help take Ntuli back to KwaZulu-Natal and pay for his funeral.

Name of account: #Asimanali

Account number: 74584360230

Bank name: FNB

Branch number: 200005

Reference: Memorial Fund

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