Mlungisi’s uncle plea for justice

Durban University of Technology students came in their number to bid farewell to Mlungisi Madonsela in a memorial service held at Riston Hall.


DUT Students outside the Riston Hall where Mlungi’s memorial service was held. Image: Mndaba Lindelani

Madonsela died in City Hospital after being shot during an altercation between securities and protesting students.

Madonsela’s death came as students were protesting over National Students Financial Aid Scheme, housing and registration issues.

EFF MP Marshall Dlamini claimed that Madonsela’s death could have been avoided had the African National Congress-led government listened to them.

“We said to them in 2016, in November, when the Fees Must Fall [movement] was in up-rise – we said to them in parliament, ‘You’ve got the money’. There is money in this country [but] because you are lazy thinkers we will think for you. We went to parliament and said the budgetary office in parliament is saying to fund free higher education you need R83bn.” Dlamini sad.

Dlamini also said there is no one who is going to dictate to them how they should conduct their revolution, because those that they trusted betrayed them.

“Those that we trusted lied to us. Those that we trusted sold us out. So we are not going to be told by anyone.” he said.

Mlungisi’s uncle, Xolani Ncanana asked for justice from the university management and also appealed to the department of health to do a thorough investigation as to whether Mlungisi was denied medical treatment from a private hospital.

Ncanana revealed that three bullets were removed from his nephew’s body and is still in Richards Bay for a post-mortem.

Students drowned Vice Chancellor, Professor Thandwa Mthembu from speaking and he was walked off stage.

Resulting from students movements,  DUT’s Executive Committee of Senate (SENEX)  considered a recommendation from the Student Representative Council (SRC) to resume lectures on Monday 18 February 2019.

Mlungisi Madonsela will be laid to rest on the 14th of February in Jozini.

By Mndaba Lindelani


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