Emotional send off for former UFS vice-rector

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REFILWE MEKOA

Tears were rolling down the faces as politicians and colleagues of former University of the Free State’s Benito Khotseng, bid him farewell during an emotional service in Bloemfontein.

The memorial service of Khotseng who was UFS’s student affairs vice-rector, took place at UFS Albert Wessels Auditorium on Monday. UFS’s vice-rector of operations Nicky Morgan described him as a true educator and man of the people. While Khotseng’s close friend James Letuka, who’s also DA provincial member of the legislature seemed distraught by his passing. Letuka said he regarded Khotseng as a brother who was a humble gentle person.

“It is true that we are missing a legend. When Khotseng and I came back from the Free State, we had only one mission in mind, to improve the lives of our people. We identified that one way of doing it was through education, to become teachers,” said Letuka.

Khotseng’s former colleague Kalie Strydom was very emotional when he paid his tribute. He said Khotseng’s legacy will forever be celebrated as he played a major role in the transformation process of the institution.

Representatives from Motheo Further Education Training College and Central University of Technology also paid their last tributes. Director-general of the provincial government Kopung Ralikontsane and ANC member of the provincial legislature Oupa Khoabane were some of the people present at the memorial service.