Prof Zweli Ndevu, Director of the School of Public Leadership, together with our staff and students are deeply saddened to learn of the untimely and tragic passing of our former postgraduate student, Mr Jabulani Mathe. Mr Mathe made a valuable contribution to the Monitoring and Evaluation Discourse and was a recipient of an award by the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association, where he served as an eminent Board Member. He was respected as a skilful practitioner and influential specialist in his field with an extraordinary work ethic.
Mr Mathe was an exceptional thinker with a bright and prosperous future. It was an honour to say that he was proudly associated with our School and University. He published several articles and book chapters in addition to presenting papers at national and international conferences. He served in a leadership capacity in the Office of the Presidency in South Africa and Namibia.
We will miss a loveable, kind-hearted, humble and industrious individual with an immense sense of integrity and compassion. He lived a life of selflessness, generosity and inspiration. Our tears are flowing for a special student, a great man and a gentle soul. He left an indelible mark in broader society and touched many lives. He will be dearly missed but his legacy will live on. We extend our prayers and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. God rest his soul in peace!