Stellenbosch students honour Botman

The 60-year-old Stellenbosch University Rector and Vice-Chancellor died in his sleep on Friday.

FILE: The Stellenbosch University Rector and Vice-Chancellor died in his sleep on Friday at the age of 60. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The late Professor Russel Botman was on Wednesday described as a humble and fair man.

The 60-year-old Stellenbosch University Rector and Vice-Chancellor died in his sleep on Friday evening.

He is being honoured at a memorial service at the university's campus.

Endler Hall is packed to capacity as students and colleagues pay their last respects.

A photo of Botman is being displayed on a massive screen in front of the hall.

Outside the hall, large white candles, flowers and condolence books can be seen.

Botman was hailed as a visionary and a great man who was instrumental in diversifying the institution.

Those paying tribute say he encouraged students and colleagues to celebrate their diversity.

There was a lighter moment, when mourners broke out in laughter after a student remembered how Botman never shied away from taking selfies with students.