UFH Convocation Exco honours its commitment to Nosicelo Mtebeni's family

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Yesterday, 29 September, the University of Fort Hare Convocation Executive Committee met with the family of the late Nosicelo Mtebeni to honour its commitment to support the family post the funeral. The 23-year-old final-year Law student was brutally murdered last month.

Initiatives to support the family were first announced by the President of the Convocation, Advocate Andile Mini, during Nosicelo’s Memorial service held by the university on 25 August. Mini said Exco members have pledged R150 000 towards assisting them through their ordeal.

Conditions attached to the donation include support in establishing small businesses in areas of their interests and a three-month-long training programme on business enterprise development, The family will also be provided with the necessary tools and equipment. The Executive has also roped in the services of the Corporative Development Centre (CDC) and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA).

According to Advocate Mini, an amount of R50 000 was made available to the family for their immediate needs emanating from funeral expenses. "The remainder will be released upon completion of the scheduled skills development training. The family has since been receiving psycho-social support from the Department of Social Development which was also present in the meeting."

He said a legacy scholarship named after Nosicelo Mtebeni envisaged for girl children from her community to study LLB at the University of Fort Hare is still under discussion. "This is a perspective the Convocation wishes to sell to the University and no decision has been taken yet."

The family spokesperson, Mr Moeketsi Ntamane extended his gratitude to the Convocation at large for the “undeserved and unusual” support.

For further inquiries kindly contact Advocate Andile Mini on 079 690 8315.