Ms Thandi Nontenja

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is extremely shocked at the beastly behaviour of students at the University of Fort Hare.

Hardly a month has passed since Yonela Boli was allegedly slain by his girlfriend at this very same institution, and it has come to UDEMWO’s attention that Olwethu Tshefu was the key witness to the murder of Yonela Boli. He was also allegedly killed, over the weekend, by his girlfriend. What is surprising is that, according to reports (Daily Dispatch), these two victims were friends.

In a country that is fighting gender-based violence, one might believe that the tables have been turned; it is now females against males. What has our nation become? It is clear that our society is sick. We have been made to understand that, in most cases, these young students are killing each other over petty things under the influence of alcohol.

So much has happened since the beginning of this year, so many lives have been lost, yet one life lost, is one too many. Parents send their children to universities to be educated and not to be killed. There is very little done by university managements and the Department of Higher Education to curb the scourge.

South African citizens have had enough of talk shows and lip service by President Cyril Ramaphosa. It is clear that the President and his government have no solution to this predicament, hence UDEMWO calls for an imbizo of all stakeholders to find a solution. We cannot have this untenable situation to continue at our institutions of higher learning.

UDEMWO would like to express its heartfelt condolences to the family of Olwethu Tshefu, May their precious son’s soul rest in eternal peace.

Issued by:
Ms Thandi Nontenja
UDEMWO Secretary General