Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has built a memorial fountain on the campus in honor of the late Zolile Khumalo, who will also confirm the position of MUT against gender-based violence.
MUT Council President Morailane Morailane said they decided to start the fountain to remind the institution of how she passed Zolile and to help eradicate the scourge of gender-based violence in South Africa.
Khumalo, a freshman who did quantitative research, was reportedly shot by her ex-boyfriend and killed in a house outside the campus.
"At Zolile funeral days, I have promised her family that after the tragic loss of their daughter, as a university, we will do our utmost to ensure that we fight against gender-based violence and to keep the light from burning Zolile by place a commemorative fountain on campus. & # 39;
"The fate of Zolile may have been destroyed on May 1 this year, but as a university we refused to forget her memory and what she could have achieved if her life had not been brutally and abruptly removed.This fountain will serve as a reminder of Zolile – who once was one of us – who, however, did not live long enough to see her full potential, "said Marailane.
Zolile's parents, Comfort and Philisiwe Khumalo were present at the opening of the memorial fountain.
The spokesman for the family, Mabongi Myeni, said they were very happy that the university was with them from the beginning to the present.
"We are happy that Zolile is still living in the heart of the university, just as she still lives in our hearts, we are still looking for justice, because we are going back to court on Wednesday to speak for our daughter. "Myeni said.
The institute used the inaugural ceremony of the newly appointed vice-chancellor of the university, Dr. Enoch Duma Malaza, to formally open the memorial fountain and to officially unveil its 640-bed student residence on campus. Minister Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, has given Lindiwe Sisulu, also Chancellor of the MUT, the task.
Malaza was appointed MUT & # 39; s vice-chancellor days before the death of Khumalo.
The spokesman for the university, Bheki Hlophe, said that the fountain will serve as MUT's commitment to the safety of students.
Pandor announced that of the R90 billion that its department allocated for higher education and training, R20 million was given to MUT to build (and / or) new residences on campus.
"With the construction of these houses, the Ministry of Higher Education and Training is dedicated to the safety of the students and that they lived in good quality homes," said Pandor.
Pandor appealed to all students who will use the new homes to ensure that they stay safe and clean for future generations.
Meanwhile, among those present was one of the founders of the institution, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, whose presence coincided with activities planned for his 90th birthday tomorrow.