Cape Town - The University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University and University of the Western Cape have gathered on their own respective campuses and been showing they're solidarity as they mourn the loss of UCT student Uyinene "Nene" Mrwetyana.
Many students were left shocked to their core on Monday after chilling evidence emerged in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court about the brutal murder of Nene inside the Clareinch Post Office.
A 42-year-old Post Office worker was arrested on Friday and faces charges of rape, murder and defeating the ends of justice. He appeared on Monday before Magistrate Goolam Bawa.
The court heard that the accused confessed to the murder and led police to where her body was dumped. Bawa ordered that the accused's name and photograph not be published.
University students have since gathered to host vigils in honour of Nene.
University of Cape Town
In a statement released on Monday, UCT's Vice-Chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng and its executive sent their condolences to the family of Mrwetyana who had "endured unimaginable suffering, pain and anxiety for the past week".
"The fact that a young female student has died in this horrific manner is devastating, and it has shocked us to our core. It is incomprehensible that a young life, with so much potential, has been stolen from her family and our community. It is even more distressing that this horrible incident is one of many where women – young and old, and even girls – are ripped from our communities in such a violent manner," said Phakeng.
More than 200 UCT students gather in front of the Sarah Baartman Hall on Monday evening to pay tribute to Mrwetyana.
Simultaneously, Stellenbosch University had a vigil for Mrwetyana and all survivors of gender-based violence.
The University's Dr Choice Makhetha, Senior Director of Student Affairs, released a statement addressing the death of Nene and while also touching on the country's femicide.
"Our thoughts are with the families of the women affected by these violent incidents and especially with the UCT community. We mourn with you and I couldn’t have put it better than Carli van Wyk, our outgoing Students’ Representative Council (SRC) Chairperson: 'Today our hearts are crying and bleeding for the life loss of our South African sister Uyinene. Our hearts are crying and bleeding for all our sisters, daughters...'"
University of the Western Cape
UWC students at accommodation provider, South Point, in Bellville held their own vigil to honour Mrwetyana.