Botman’s funeral to be held on Saturday

The Stellenbosch University rector and vice-chancellor passed away in his sleep on Friday.

FILE: Stellenbosch University Professor Russel Botman (60) passed away in his sleep at his home on Friday night. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Thousands of mourners are expected to attend Professor Russel Botman's funeral service on Saturday.

The 60-year-old Stellenbosch University rector and vice-chancellor passed away in his sleep at his home on Friday night.

Flags are being flown at half-mast in the Stellenbosch area in honour of the respected academic.

Stellenbosch University spokesperson Martin Viljoen says the funeral will be held at the DF Malan Memorial Centre.

"We are expecting quite a lot of people."