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TUT to host a memorial service for student killed during protest

Lesego Benjamin Phehla and three other students were run over by a car during a march on Thursday.

FILE: Tshwane University of Technology. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

JOHANNESBURG - The Tshwane University of Technology's (TUT) SRC says it will host a memorial service for student leader Lesego Benjamin Phehla who died during a Fees Must Fall demonstration last week.

Phehla and three other students were run over by a car during a march from TUT's north campus to the south campus in Soshanguve on Thursday.

They were all rushed to hospital where Phehla succumbed to his injuries.

The protest was sparked by the university's decision not to provide buses for students to join the demonstration at the Union Buildings.

SRC deputy president Freddy Khoza says the memorial service will take place at TUT's Soshanguve south campus.

"TUT is going to have a memorial service for Benjamin Phehla and we are still working on a date. It will be in the coming week; student leadership, students and the family of Phehla are saddened by his passing, it is a great loss indeed."