Daily Archives: October 23, 2016

Minister Nzimande sends condolences after student’s death

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has sent his condolences following the death of Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) student Benjamin Phehla on Thursday.

Phehla died after a car crashed into a crowd of protesting students on the streets of Soshanguve.

We have learnt with sadness of the unfortunate passing of Phehla, a student who was looking forward to a bright future as a professional.

On behalf of the department and government, we join President Jacob Zuma in passing our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the family, said Minister Nzimande.

Minister Nzimande also expressed shock at the shooting of protesting students at the University of the Witwatersrand. Reports indicate that the South African Police Service fired rubber bullets to disperse protesting students as part of crowd control. Several students, including their leaders, were injured.

We call for calm and restraint from both sides. We believe that the current impasse can be resolved through dialogue and not through violence.

We are pleased that the matter has been reported to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and we call on the police to exercise maximum restraint and operate within the law, Minister Nzimande said.

He called on members of the public, particularly motorists, to be vigilant when driving in areas where institutions of higher learning are located and to be on the lookout for protesting students.

Source: South African Government News Agency.

President Jacob Zuma saddened by passing of former Deputy Minister Bongi Ntuli

President Jacob Zuma has expressed deep sadness and extended his heartfelt condolences on the passing of former Deputy Minister of Social Development, Ms Bongi Maria Ntuli, who passed away on Saturday, 22 October in Pretoria.

South Africa has lost a valuable seasoned servant of the people and a dedicated gender activist, and on behalf of government and all South Africans, we convey our heartfelt condolences to Ms Ntuli’s family. May her soul rest in peace, the President said.

President Zuma said Ms Ntuli was a disciplined and committed leader and has served the country with distinction during her tenure as Deputy Minister of Social Development and of Trade and Industry as well as one of the long serving Members of Parliament, and she will also be remembered for her sterling contribution to the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (Codesa) talks.

Source: Government of South Africa