The inaugural Memorial Cup to honour Witsies who died last year was held last Thursday at the Bidvest Stadium.
The sports administration of Wits invited four soccer teams – faculty teams Educators FC and Miners FC and residence teams Earnest Oppenheimer Hall of Residence (EOH) and Men’s Hall of Residence -to participate in a mini-tournament.
“The idea is important to the memory of those who have departed,” said assistant registrar for residences, Naziem Randera. “I think it’s quite fitting that they’ve organised the Cup, it makes you not forget the people who have left.”
Randera added that the students who died were also “keen soccer players- both at EOH and at education campus”.
Vuyolwethu Xulu, a resident at EOH, lost a friend in a car crash last year.
“It’s a very good idea to have a memorial match,” he said. The 3rd year law student was also a participant in the game on Thursday. “It’s a good feeling to know that the school acknowledges when people get hurt and someone dies.”
Xulu believed the teams were playing for much more than the trophy and that the game was a good way of honouring their friends, “instead of just saying they’ve died”.
Boitumelo Seake, the sister of a student who passed away, was invited to the match by members of the EOH house committee. “The match is a nice thing, now I know that my brother is going to be remembered,” she said.
“In a big school environment like this,” said the 4th year civil engineering student, “you don’t think that the deaths of students will be remembered. But my brother was good at soccer and the match is a good way to remember that and his memory.”
Seake said that she was surprised and pleased when she got the call about the match.