TUT community pays tribute to student Andries Monareng 

30 August 2018

The TUT community gathered at the Soshanguve Campus today for a memorial service to pay tribute to Mr Andries Monareng, a final-year Legal Assistance student who was tragically killed last Thursday. 

Mr Monareng was shot outside the Soshanguve Campus when protests broke out following allegations of vote rigging during the SRC elections. 

The memorial service was attended by almost 3 000 students, staff members and management representatives, including student leaders from political structures represented at the University, as well as other stakeholders. Various representatives from student political structures got the opportunity to speak at the event. 

The memorial service was also live-streamed on the University’s official social media platforms.  

“As I stand before you today, I am extremely sad about the life of your son, friend, a leader, a young man with a bright future and our student, that was tragically, untimely and abruptly brought to an end,” said Prof Lourens van Staden, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, who also addressed the audience.

“Andries Monareng’s passing robbed the world of the vast talent and potential he offered. What transpired on 23 August can, and will never be, condoned. TUT, like other authorities, plans to do everything in its power to get to the bottom of what caused this tragedy,” Prof van Staden assured.

“The high-level engagement meeting between TUT Management, student leadership, the SAPS and Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), as well as the Executive of the TUT Council, the past week, demonstrates our commitment to find answers,” he added.

The University has appointed SNG Grant Thornton to conduct a full-scale, independent forensic investigation into allegations of irregularities during the 2018 SRC elections and the subsequent protest action at the Soshanguve and Ga-Rankuwa campuses. 

This investigation will complement that of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) into the death of Mr Monareng.   

The memorial service took place during a week of mourning declared by the University, which also saw TUT flags flying at half-mast in honour of Mr Monareng. 

Mr Monareng will be laid to rest on Saturday, 1 September in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga.

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