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DUT student Mlungisi Madonsela hailed for 'fighting for the black child'

Mlungisi Madonsela died in hospital after he was caught in the crossfire between authorities and protesting students at the Durban University of Technology.

Mlungisi Madonsela's sisters seen at his memorial service on 12 February 2019. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN

DURBAN - Mlungisi Madonsela has been described as a friend who was always willing to help those in need.

Madonsela, aged 21, died in hospital exactly a week ago after he was caught in the crossfire between authorities and protesting students at the Durban University of Technology.

Its alleged that a private security guard fired the shot that killed the 3rd year student.

Madonsela’s friends have described him as a brother whose only sin was to “fight for the black child” whose future rests on the delivery of free education at tertiary institutions.

One student and friend Thabiso Mndayi has read out an open letter to the institution, saying it’s clear that the free education they were promised won’t come on a silver platter.

Madonsela’s emotional friends spoke about how untimely his passing was and they’ve promised to continue the fight that he’s started.

The 21-year-old man’s family was seated in front of the podium, as they listened to different accounts of how their loved one was always willing to lend a helping hand, especially to poor students.

EFF ANGERED

Leaders of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have placed blame for Madonsela's death at the feet of the African National Congress and its deployees, saying the ruling party has failed to deliver on its promise of free education.

KZN EFF leader Vusi Khoza says their fellow fighters won’t stop the battle for the free education promised to them.

Khoza has slated the private hospital which is said to have turned Madonsela away when he sought medical assistance.

DUT vice chancellor Thandwa Mthembu was prevented by students from speaking and was drowned out by chants calling him a “murderer”.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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