Monday, February 22, 2010

Dominic Giddy: Another UCT Academic Needlessly Slaughtered

Part of the heading for the following post that appeared in My Cape Town was, "We say ENOUGH!" There is sad irony in the fact that it was a social science student that was murdered. Melissa Steyn, perhaps he was one of yours...

The University of Cape Town is calling on all students, staff and members of the local community to join vice-chancellor Dr Max Price in a march from the Jameson Hall on 22 February to protest the “senseless attack and killing” of UCT student, Dominic Giddy on 13 February.

A memorial assembly in front of the Jameson Hall will precede the march. The assembly will begin at 13h00 and will be addressed by vice-chancellor Dr Max Price and a representative of the Giddy family, among others.

Giddy was the second UCT student to die violently in the past five months and the fourth member of the UCT community to have been murdered in the past three years.

First-year medical student Benny Pakiso Moqobane (19) was shot dead near his digs in Observatory in September 2009. His killers have never been apprehended. Associate professor of science education Kevin Rochford was shot in front of his home in Little Mowbray in 2008. Commercial law professor Mike Larkin was murdered in Rondebosch in November 2007 while walking home in broad daylight
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Vice-chancellor Dr Max Price said: “It is my intention to lead university staff and students in a protest to show our concern and anger at the senseless attack and killing of yet another person.”

Giddy, a third-year BSocSc student, was stabbed to death near his Glenres digs. He registered at UCT in 2008 for a BSC in mechanical engineering but changed degree at the start of this year, registering for a bachelor of social science degree.

In a statement Price said: “Our hearts go out to the Giddy family as they face this tragic loss. I spoke with Dominic’s father, Mr Patrick Giddy, and offered the condolences of the UCT community. We have offered counselling services to Dominic’s family and friends, and to students who wish to avail themselves of help in coming to terms with the loss, the insecurity, and associated anxiety.

“We are also doing all we can to assist the South African Police Services in their hunt for the attackers.

“We spend millions on campus security to safeguard our staff and students against crime, and we have been successful at driving crime down. We are a relatively safe campus, yet our students and staff become victims in the areas around campus where they live. This year we are leading the way in establishing the Groote Schuur Central Improvement District which I hope will reduce crime in the areas bordering on UCT and covering most residences and digs.

We are also beginning a discussion with the SAPS about how we can assist in upgrading the three police stations that serve the UCT community, namely Mowbray, Woodstock and Rondebosch.”

March route

At 13h50 the march procession will follow a route from the Jammie Plaza down the stairs, through the tunnel under the M3 and then left into Cross Campus Road. At the intersection with Woolsack Drive, the march will turn right into and proceed down Woolsack Drive to the Main Road. At the bottom of Woolsack Drive the marchers will be asked to disperse both left and right along the Main Road to hold a placard demonstration.

6 Opinion(s):

VI said...

@FE. Thanks for this. I am updating our list of academics that have fallen victim to crime.

FishEagle said...

@VI. Pleasure. I see you didn't like the 'Awakening' pic though.

VI said...

@FE. No, it wasn't that. I found a picture of Mr. Dominic Giddy on his Facebook profile, and felt people would rather relate to that. Also, I amended the title to help with Google indexing.

VI said...

If any friends or family happen to read our article, please accept our condolences. We are naturally outraged at this senseless act, and will continue to act against this barbaric behaviour in our country.

FishEagle said...

Thanks VI. I have to admit I didn't give much thought to the victim or his family in my angry tirade against Melissa Steyn. My apologies.

Anonymous said...

I didn;t know Dominic, I knew Issabelle, my prayers are always with you..God bless R.I.P!