It is with shock and utter sadness that the
Stellenbosch University (SU) community learnt of the passing of a member of the
Student Representative Council (SRC), Ms Nomzamo Buthelezi, in the early hours
of the morning, today (Saturday 1 May).
Information available to the University is that
Ms Buthelezi passed away after suffering injuries caused by an alleged hit-and-run
incident in Merriman Avenue, Stellenbosch.
Ms Buthelezi, a BSc student from Gauteng,
resided in a senior residence on campus.
“Together with members of the SRC, we are
devasted to have learnt of the passing of Ms Buthelezi. She was a much loved
member of the SRC,” says Dr Choice Makhetha, Senior Director: Student Affairs.
“The circumstances surrounding her death forms
part of the investigation of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the
University does not wish to comment on this for now, but we do urge the Police,
as a matter of urgency, to make sure that the guilty parties are brought to
There is appreciation for the support received
from the emergency services, including the assistance of the University’s
Campus Security, she adds.
SRC Chair Mr Xola Njengele says: “We deeply
grieve the loss of our dearly loved team member, Nomzamo Buthelezi. In her role
as the SRC Policy Officer and Chairperson of the Societies Council, she made
invaluable contributions to our team and the University at large. Beyond that
she was a genuine friend and confidant to those who knew her, who deeply
impacted those around her. Her passing leaves an unfillable void in our hearts
and those of her friends, family and colleagues. It has been a privilege to
work with such a vibrant and dynamic person. We will miss you, Nomzamo.”
Prof Deresh Ramjugernath, Deputy
Vice-Chancellor: Learning and Teaching, extended the University’s deepest
condolences to Ms Buthelezi’s family and friends.
The University is contact with Ms Buthelezi’s
family and is providing the necessary support to the SRC. Any student in need
of counselling is encouraged to contact the 24-hour Crisis Service (at 010 205 3032
after hours, and 021 808 4994 during office hours).
The University is providing full support to
SAPS who is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and calls
on the University community to respect the privacy of those involved and to
refrain from speculating on social media about the matter.
Anyone with more information on the incident should please contact the Stellenbosch SAPS on tel no 021 809 5015/12.