UFH Top Management visit Vesele’s home to pay their last respects and honour his legacy
Yesterday, members of the University of Fort Hare’s Management Executive Committee (MEC) led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Sakhela Buhlungu, visited the home of the late Mr Mboneli Vesele in Ginsberg (Qonce) to pay their last respects and to honour his legacy.
Vesele, a former defence force soldier who was affectionately known as “Ntlane” was the Executive Protection Officer to the Vice-Chancellor from 2017 (when the VC joined the University) until his life was cruelly snuffed out of him when shots were fired at the VC's vehicle outside his residence in Alice on the 6th of January 2023.
Mourners who spoke at his memorial and funeral service described Ntlane as the man who laid down his life in the fight against corruption at the University.
The MEC members, Prof Renuka Vithal (Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning); Dr Nthabi Taole-Mjimba (DVC for Research, Partnership and Innovation); Dr Nosisa Mayaba (Acting DVC for Institutional Support); Mr Njabulo Zuma (Registrar); Mr Charles Matumba (Chief Financial Officer) and Mr Lufuno Tshikudo (Dean of Student Affairs) received a warm welcome from the family.
The executive committee was accompanied by senior managers and directors in their respective offices and supporting departments. Dr Pumezo Luphuwana, former UFH Council member also joined the visit to show his support.
In honour of his memory, the Vice-Chancellor’s Office presented the family with a University flag and a framed portrait of Vesele with a tribute engraved on a gold plaque. The VC also planted a tree that is similar to the one he and Vesele bought and planted to signify the start of the VC’s second term.
The MEC members and the accompanying support staff each shared their fondest memories of Vesele with the family and with each word uttered, it was evident that Mr Vesele was valued.
Ms Zuki Mabombo, who is the Manager in the VC’s Office said: “We hope this visit will bring us closure as we continue to struggle to come to terms with this loss.”
The University community will remember Ntlane for his dedication to his work and the impeccable professionalism in which he executed his duty. He will be remembered for his commitment to realizing a renewed University that is free of corruption.
The family thanked the MEC members and those who worked closely with Vesele for caring for their father, brother and hero even after his demise.
“Thank you for the compassion that you have shown us. Throughout this painful moment, you carried us. Your actions in honouring our brother’s memory shows, without a doubt, you loved and cared for him. With time, we will heal. We hope his death will not be in vain and that his killers be found and prosecuted,” said Vesele’s sister, Lindiwe Vesele.
Vesele was a soldier, and his fight was against corruption. We hope his blood will nurture the soil for a corrupt-free Fort Hare.