Mbalo said: “It’s so sad that she anticipated rape but did not think that she could be killed to the point of being dismembered.
“Dear Nosicelo, may your spirit be with us in this war that we are about to begin as activists against GBV. We will not stop, we will fight and your spirit will carry us,” she said.
Mtebeni died as she and her colleagues were planning to run a programme they planned to name “open letter to men”.
“This platform was going to be given to our young SA women to tell men that we are not imbokodo (rock), the women of our generation, we are human, we have breath, we have blood, we feel pain, so stop treating us like imbokodo,” she said.
Family representative Nomvula Beauty Gugushe said they were overwhelmed by the support from the institution.
“We were in the dark valley of death but now God is with us.
“We were afraid and intimidated but now we are no longer afraid and intimidated. God is with us. He strengthened us and helped us. He gave us support with his righteous hand,” Gugushe said.
“I would like to thank the university and the police in East London. It shows that we are not hurting alone.”