Death of Student: Lelona Fufu

Dear students

The University regrets to announce the death of Lelona Thembakazi Fufu, a Rhodes University BSc honours student who was due to graduate on Thursday evening (12 April 2012)

According to the family, Ms Fufu's death was confirmed by the police on Friday afternoon. She was last seen on Thursday at about 14h00 when she left her home in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, to hitchhike to Grahamstown, where she was to prepare for the Thursday evening graduation ceremony.

The family, who had arranged to travel to Grahamstown later in the afternoon lost contact with her after 14h30, and reported her missing to the police after 19h00 on Thursday following a fruitless search. The University extends sympathy to her family and friends.

Vivian de Klerk


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