30th April 2023
Wits University has learnt with sadness of the passing of Tiego Moseneke – a Wits alumnus, business leader, and former president of the then Wits Black Students’ Society in 1985/6. The BSS was a structure that represented black students at the University during a time when there were two separate students’ representative councils. He was also the national president of the anti-apartheid student movement and served as the United Democratic Front leader in the mid-1980s. He was a natural leader who assumed a key role at the forefront of the struggle during a tumultuous period in the country‘s history. He used his voice and position as a youth leader to agitate for the end of the apartheid regime and for access to Wits for all qualifying students, irrespective of race.
He was proud of Wits’ position as a signpost of what could be possible in a more equal and progressive society, and symbolised an era of brave activism by the Wits community. Along with other Witsies, he did much for disadvantaged students, driving fundraising initiatives aimed at assisting students in need.
Tiego was passionate about leadership and intergenerational dialogues between past and current student leaders. He was a founding chairman of the South Africa Student Solidarity Foundation for Education (SASSFE), a fund started by a group of former student leaders in April 2016. It led the way in supporting the Masidleni Daily Meal Project under the Wits Food Bank, which provides meals to students from disadvantaged backgrounds and aims to combat hunger and food insecurity on campus.
He was a respected business leader. At the time of his passing, he was the Executive Chairman of Encha Group Limited and served on numerous boards in the country.
The University is deeply saddened by his passing and extends its heartfelt condolences to his family, colleagues and loved ones. We thank the Moseneke family for always being friends of the University and advocates of democracy.