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uctThe Star reports that the University of Cape Town (UCT) has instituted an inquiry into the death of renowned cardiologist Professor Bongani Mayosi, whose funeral was held at the weekend.  

The Black Academic Caucus (BAC) at UCT had called for an investigation at the weekend, but the institution said on Sunday that it had already initiated an inquiry shortly after Mayosi’s death.  The family of the late UCT health sciences dean said Mayosi had for the past two years been battling depression and ended his life on 27 July.  The BAC said the inquiry must be set up in consultation with especially black staff and students who had on occasions expressed their experiences of being marginalised at UCT.  Calling for the process to be transparent, the BAC said an understanding of the working conditions in institutions such as UCT was key.  In 2017, Mayosi went on leave for three months, and after returning, collapsed in his office.  He then wrote to former vice-chancellor Max Price asking to resign from his position.  UCT spokesperson Elijah Moholola said that shortly after hearing of the death of Mayosi, vice-chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng had initiated an inquiry into his death.  Moholola did not provide further information about the scope of the investigation.

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