The Sun Sets For Our Chancellor

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The University of Fort Hare Chancellor, Judge Thembile Skweyiya, is no more. He passed on in the morning of the 01st September 2015. A humble man, a great legal mind, a man of integrity and an excellent team member at the helm of the University of Fort Hare – Judge Skweyiya served this University in two roles since the dawn of the democratic era. He was first in the University Council and then became Chancellor from 2008. In the last winter graduation he attended all sessions as if he knew that this was his last service to the University. We were hopeful that he would be with us as we celebrate the Centenary in 2016 but the Almighty had other plans.

Skweyiya was born in Worcester in the Western Cape’s boland region in 1939. He went on to study law at the then University of Natal from 1963 to 1967. He was admitted as an advocate in 1970 in KwaZulu-Natal, and also became an advocate of the high courts in Lesotho and Namibia and 1974.

Fort Hare shares the loss with his family, friends and the whole nation. The University flags will fly at half-mast until he has been laid to rest. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Mrs Sayo Skweyiya, their children and grandchildren as we mourn his passing.