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Grieving family's nightmare

By Chandré Prince | 2012-01-12 06:18:19.0

Gloria Sekwena's handbag containing her identity document, her passport, house keys, car keys and wallet had been snatched while she was lying unconscious on the ground at the UJ campus

APART from having to deal with the grief of losing their loved one, the family of Gloria Sekwena yesterday faced a daunting task of trying to obtain official documents to start with her funeral arrangements.

Sekwena, 47, died on Tuesday following a stampede outside the University of Johannesburg's campus where thousands of prospective students queued for several hours.

Her handbag containing her identity document, her passport, house keys, car keys and wallet had been snatched while she was lying unconscious on the ground.

"It is a nightmare to say the least. They had to get documents certified as all her stuff was in her bag. Even Kgosi's papers. [Her husband Joseph] had to go to the Hillbrow mortuary today [yesterday] to identify the body," said one of many relatives who had travelled to the Sekwena's Krugersdorp home.

Joseph Sekwena had flown into South Africa from London yesterday morning where both he and Gloria were nursing.

The South African Embassy in London had informed him of his wife's death at his home.

Yesterday, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande and UJ vice-chancellor Ihron Rensburg visited the family, with UJ offering a full bursary for Kgositsile and even for his younger brother Mosimane.

Nzimande yesterday hailed Sekwena as an "heroic lady", saying his department would work hand in hand with tertiary education facilities to ensure that "such a tragedy is never repeated".

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