Family members, staff and students from the Central University of Technology (CUT) gathered earlier today at the Japie van Lill Auditorium for a special memorial service that was held for the late CUT student, Lerothodi Joseph Mokati (20). Mokati, a Tourism student at the CUT, jumped to his death at the Loch Logan Waterfront in Bloemfontein on Saturday 18 August 2018.
In an interview with Dr Pinky Mrwetyana, executive in charge of students at the CUT who attended the memorial service, she highlighted the importance of the challenges that young people are facing and that the university is always willing to support students who are going through a difficult time. She urged these students to make use of the help offered by the university.
“We received the news of the passing of Lerothodi with sadness. As a result of that, we invited the family today so that we can celebrate the life of Lerothodi. We are gathered here this afternoon to give students who were his classmates and friends an opportunity to express their views and emotions about him and his passing. We have also heard from family members among others his grandfather and aunt what he was like as a child. We are very sad about the incident because it shows that the emotional wellbeing of our students is something we need to pay more attention to.”
“We are learning lessons every time something like this happens. What we would like to say to our students, is that they must always remember that the university is a home away from home. We do have resources at the university, we have a wellness centre where we have social workers and psychologists where our students can come and share their troubles so that they can be assisted in whatever manner.”
“We trust that going forward together with our students we will have more programmes to attend to the emotional challenges of our students. Together we will attend to the emotional challenges of our students, because we do understand that as young people there do have many challenges. So, together with our SRC, we will take this struggle on so that Lerothodi’s death will not be in vain.”
A second memorial service will be held for another CUT student, Lindokuhle Skenjane, who allegedly also committed suicide. The memorial will be held at the Prosperitas Auditorium tomorrow at 12. – Pierce van Heerden