SA public won’t let Uyinene rest in peace
After her 19-year old daughter was raped and killed by a Post Office employee in August, Nomangwane Mrwetyana has lashed out at unauthorised initiatives that are trying to ‘cash in’ on the loss of her daughter, Uyinene.
The Mrwetyana family appealled to the public not to initiate or contribute to unauthorised projects misusing Uyinene’s name and the family’s grief to raise funds, make money, garner attention, or in any way ‘cash in’ on her tragedy.
“Some of the known instances in which Uyinene’s name is being used include fundraising efforts (crowdfunding), the establishment of anti-gender-based violence NGOs, an upcoming book, and several social media profiles,” she said in a statement.
Members of the public have expressed concerns that the “Uyinene” fundraising campaigns could be misinterpreted as having the support of the Mrwetyana family. The family expressed that, though some of these initiatives may be well-intentioned, it does not support or have an affiliation to any fundraising campaigns bearing the name of Uyinene.
“May we please have time to mourn in peace, especially since Uyinene’s tragedy is still new and was so widely publicised and received so much mainstream, social media and public attention,” said Nomangwane.
To use Uyinene’s name and also to disregard her grieving family so as to emotionally appeal to the public is unethical, misleading, insensitive and dishonest, regardless of whether the purpose is nefarious or well-intentioned.
As announced at the funeral, the family is in the process of initiating a Foundation in Uyinene’s name. The family is aware of and appreciates funds that have been initiated by the University of Cape Town, Kingswood College and Rhodes University.