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uctNews24 reports that members of the University of Cape Town's (UCT’s) black academic caucus have called for an in-depth inquiry into the circumstances that led to the death of Professor Bongani Mayosi.  

The family of the top cardiologist and former health sciences dean revealed shortly after his death that he had committed suicide following a long struggle with depression.  Earlier last week, UCT vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng said Mayosi had been deeply affected by insulting comments during the occupation of his office by Fees Must Fall protesters in 2015.  However, former Fees Must Fall leader Chumani Maxwele laid the blame at the doorstep of the university.  The black academic caucus proposed that the university's council set up an inquiry as soon as possible to allow for a thorough investigation.  The caucus indicated in a statement:  "We further propose that this inquiry must be set up in consultation with especially black staff and students, who have on various occasions expressed their experiences of being marginalised at UCT.  It is our view that an understanding of the working conditions in institutions such as UCT is key to such an inquiry. It is hard for us to exclude the UCT working environment from the tragic death of our colleague, and indeed others, including students."  The university held a memorial service for Mayosi on Thursday.

  • Read this report by Paul Herman in full at News24
  • Read too, UCT professor hailed as a dedicated man, as friends and family say goodbye, at News24

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