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UJ stampede victim laid to rest

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande on Saturday said Gloria Sekwena’s death emphasised the need...

Gloria Sekwena’s colleagues stand next to her coffin at the funeral in Kagiso. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande on Saturday said Gloria Sekwena's death emphasised the need to implement a central registration system.

Sekwena was killed whilst waiting in line with her son Kgotsitsile at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) earlier in January when a stampede broke out during the late applications process.

A funeral service was held for her in Kagiso on the West Rand earlier.

Family members travelled to the cemetery to pay their final respects.

Her sons Kgotsitsile and Mosimang could not hold back tears as they watched their mother's coffin being lowered into the grave.

They looked on in disbelief as mourners worked furiously to cover it up with red soil.

Their father Joseph sat silently next to them and did not show any emotions.

Sekwena's death caused a national outcry, prompting Nzimande to call for the application process of aspiring students to be centralised.

However, this is little comfort to the Sekwena family who face an uncertain future without a mother by their side.

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