A sombre Day of Mourning for Zolile Khumalo

Candle lighting was the high point of the day

Across the country, reports from various media houses commended MUT for dedicating a Day of Mourning to the late Zolile Khumalo. The SAFM’s Sunrise Show Producer, Lebo, said: “We are impressed with MUT for dedicating a day to mourn this tragedy. There have been many incidents of gender-based violence lately and MUT as a University of Technology is showing us dangers faced by young women, and an innovative way to deal with it.”  The Day of Mourning commenced with Executive Management attending court proceedings,  ANCWL spending time with the family,  MUT staffers taking umnikelo to the family, and a memorial service at Seme Hall, which was attended by the deceased’s family, Executive Management, staff, students and representation from the legislature and eThekwini Municipality members. The capstone gesture of the day of mourning was the candle-lighting ceremony. Thembi Kweyama, Dean of Students, said: “We have 21 candles that will be lit throughout the ceremony to symbolise Zolile’s 21 years, and her date of birth, the 21st. In this regard, the candles must be held by only boys who commit never to lay a hand on females as long as they live.” Speakers spoke about a happy, kind-hearted and God-fearing young person. As usual, students in various political regalia were all united as they mourned one of their own.