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Mrwetyana Foundation wants to convert Clareinch Post Office into wellness centre

The Clareinch Post Office will be converted into a wellness centre after The 19-year-old's death in August sparked nationwide outrage against the high levels of gender-based violence and femicide in South Africa.

Uyinene Mrwetyana. Picture: facebook.com

CAPE TOWN - The family of slain University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana has told Eyewitness News that it wants the Clareinch Post Office - where she was raped and murdered - to become a place of safety for those affected by violence.

The 19-year-old's death in August sparked nationwide outrage against the high levels of gender-based violence and femicide in South Africa.

The Uyinene Foundation was launched in Makhanda in the Eastern Cape on Friday.

Her mother Nomangwane told **EWN **that she now wants the facility to retain its primary role of providing safety.

As a long-term vision, she wants the centre to provide holistic support to survivors of gender-based violence.

"As a psychologist, it comes from a place of wanting to convert a place of trauma into a place of healing."

She said a foundation in her daughter's name was launched with these key focus areas: “Prevention, support, as well as youth leadership. We need to start developing leaders that are sensitive to these issues of gender-based violence - hoping to partner with universities to provide accredited courses."

However, she said the aim for the wellness facility is for it to not be associated with the gruesome killing.

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