Family halts sale of deceased UFS student’s artwork

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Litemba Mpambani

The sale of artwork by the University of the Free State (UFS) student who was killed in an alleged hit-and-run accident near the entrance of the campus in Bloemfontein on Saturday 24 April 2021, is set to be halted by her family.

The 23-year-old student, Litemba Mpambani, who was a fourth-year Bachelor of Arts student (Fine Art), had a scheduled sale of her work by an artwork company. She also sold her work, which included sculptures and paintings, out of hand and at various exhibitions, reports OFM News.

Litemba’s sister, Siyanda Mpambani, said they have decided to halt the sale of her sister’s artwork for now. Siyanda said they want to document and account for all of her work, and until such time, the family will not allow for the sale or donation of her work. Siyanda added that the family respects Litemba’s contractual obligations.

The UFS’ spokesperson, Lacea Loader, has described the deceased from Gqebhera in the Eastern Cape, as a promising and talented artist who has achieved a number of accolades. Loader said that Mpambani received accolades such as being a finalist in the 2019 New Breed Art Competition, the 2019 State of the Arts Award (top 20), and the Orms Circle Top 5 Artists.

The police are investigating a case of culpable homicide. Siyanda said the family asks for Litemba’s alleged killer to be found and for justice to be served. She said the family is deeply saddened and heartbroken by Litemba’s tragic and untimely death.

She said the news about the death of her sister came as a huge blow to the family as Litemba was a huge source of inspiration to her peers in the community.

Lucky Nkuyane