University of Cape Town vice-chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng announced the Uyinene Mrwetyana scholarship for women in humanity studies on Saturday before thousands of mourners gathered at the Abbordford Christian Centre in East London.
Uyinene Mrwetyan, a first year student at UCT was raped before being murdered at murdered at Clareinch Post Office in Cape Town.
Hear death sparked a wave of protests against gender based violence around Cape Town and culminated in a march to parliament on Thursday.
To applause Phakeng said: “We have made a commitment, we at UCT to not allow Uyinene’s death to just remain another statistic.
We don’t want her just to be a number. One of the ways we will take a stand against the crime that ended her life is through establishing the Uyinene Mrwetyana scholarship for women in humanity studies.
“Uyinene was a bachelor of arts student majoring in film and media studies as well as politics and governance.
Through this scholarship we would like to provide opportunities to other young women like Uyinene, who dream of a career within the discipline of humanities. Each time the scholarship is awarded will be a reminder the tragic circumstances under which Uyinene’s life was taken.”
Addressing Uyinene’s distraught parents, Phakeng said: “Your loss is our loss.”
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