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