Fort Hare Denies Claim of Not Doing Enough To Protect Female Students

The University of Fort Hare has been a topical issue since the brutal murder of Nosicelo Mtebeni. The University has come out to deny claims that they are not doing enough to protect female students at the university. 


Fort Hare has been faced with unwanted criticism since the brutal incident where a fourth-year law student, Nosicelo Mtebeni was allegedly killed by her boyfriend, Aluta Pasile in August 2021.   

The Fort Hare Executive Committee of Convocation President, Andile Mini said the claims about not doing enough to ensure safety of the students is not true. 

We were also touched by the manner in which Nosicelo was murdered, as a result we have established fundraising to support the family. 

Mini added that the university is doing its best to ensure that there is sufficient residence space for students, especially in the East London area.

The Minister of Higher Education ( DHET) Blade Nzimande had visited the university in the beginning of the year to launch the student residence at Fort hare, Mini said. 

Its however reported that the university could have done more to protect the slain student at the hands of her boyfriend. 

Mtebeni stayed off-campus with her boyfriend, and many reports alleged that she could have been desperate for accommodation. 

Fort Hare had earlier released a statement refuting the allegations of negligence and unwillingness to protect female students. 

In the statement the university confirmed that Mtebeni’s funds were paid up by NSFAS and she had been staying with her boyfriend since 2020. 

Fort Hare reported that Mtebeni was not in anyway in need of a residence and the media reports that suggested that were unfortunate and malicious. 

Mini also added that the university has raised an amount of R150 000 for post funeral support of the Mtebeni family. 
The university will arrange to meet the family of Mtebeni in order to identify their financial needs, said the convocation president. 

Mini stated that the initiative has not only been established for Mtebeni but will continue to look at other incidents of Gender Based Violence at the institutions. 


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