TUT student Ngcebo Thusi

The student who was found dead at Ekhaya Junction residence in Pretoria. Images via Facebook.

TUT to hold memorial service for slain student, Ntokozo Xaba

TUT will hold a special memorial service for Ntokozo Xaba who was found with multiple stab wound and flags will fly at half-mast.

TUT student Ngcebo Thusi

The student who was found dead at Ekhaya Junction residence in Pretoria. Images via Facebook.

The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has announced that a special memorial service will be held on Thursday, 9 February for third-year Integrated Communication student, Ntokozo Mayenzi Xaba, who was allegedly stabbed to death by her boyfriend. 

Xaba met her untimely death on 2 February 2023, in what appears to be an incident of Gender-Based Violence (GBV).


The South African previously reported that Xaba was drinking with friends, including her ex-boyfriend. The friends left the two together that night. The following morning, the victim was found dead with stab wounds on the neck, according to police. 

Tshwane University of Technology Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tinyiko Maluleke, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, said the memorial service for the TUT community will take place on Thursday, 9 February at 10:00, Student Centre, Soshanguve South Campus. 

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“The TUT community is in mourning. Our students are inconsolable, and the staff members are grieving. On behalf of the Council of the University and the entire University community, we send our deepest condolences to the Xaba family,” he said.

Prof Maluleke also announced an institution-wide week of mourning for Xaba. As a public display of mourning, the TUT flag will fly half-mast at all campuses until the end of the week.

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Tshwane called for the residence management at Ekhaya Junction residence to be investigated and to provide safe and alternative residence to students until their safety is guaranteed. 

The party said through its Gender-Based Violence desk it would follow up on the case and offer support to the deceased’s family. 

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The suspect represented Blue Bulls country districts in the 2022 season and also appeared at the Pretoria Magistrate Court on Monday, 6 February.

The Blue Bulls released a statement, saying that while they do not know all the details about the incident, we wish to reiterate that we continue to stand in one voice, condemning all forms of gender-based violence in the strongest of terms”.

The president of the Blue Bulls rugby union, Willem Strauss sent his condolences to Xaba’s family.

“I would like to send my heartfelt message of condolences to a family whose world has been turned upside down — a family who [has lost] a branch from their tree that was filled with so much promise of all that is good about life.”

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