TUT announces a week of mourning following death of student

27 August 2018

The Tshwane University of Technology is shocked and mourns the death of a final year Law student from the Soshanguve Campus, Katlego Andries Monareng, on 23 August.

Today, the University announced an institution wide week of mourning for Monareng who died after he was hit by a bullet outside the University’s Soshanguve North campus during the annual SRC elections.

While the University is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements, preparations for a memorial service for the TUT community to mourn his passing, are underway. As a public display of mourning, the TUT flag will fly half-mast at all campuses until the end of the week.

Prof Lourens van Staden, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of TUT, announced that academic activities for students at all campuses will be suspended for the remainder of the week, in honour of Monareng. However, all staff are expected to be on duty during this period of mourning.

An announcement will be made shortly on the academic plan for the remainder of the semester.

After the period of mourning a decision on the way forward as far as the elections are concerned will also be made.

The Independent Police Directorate (IPId) have already instituted an investigation into the shooting and Monareng’s death.

TUT on Friday announced that a full-scale forensic investigation into allegations of possible vote rigging and election fraud, has also commenced.

Following a meeting between TUT Management, student leadership, a high level delegation from the SAPS and Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as well as the Exco of TUT Council, the Chairperson of the TUT Council, Dr Bandile Masuku, expressed his concerns and disappointment about the events currently transpiring at the University. 

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