It is with deep sadness and shock that we announce the passing of Advocate Sandile Dolweni, an alumnus and former staff member of the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Adv Dolweni succumbed to the coronavirus on Wednesday after a very short illness.
A strong believer in faith and politics, Adv Dolweni joined UWC in 1999 and graduated with his LLB in 2004. He was a member of the Azanian Students’ Convention and served in the Students’ Representative Council in 2001/02.
After plying his trade in the legal fraternity, he returned to UWC in 2017 and served as a prosecutor in the Proctor’s Office for almost two years. Among other things, he assisted in drafting the terms of reference to guide the process of establishing the Post Graduate Students Council in the Student Support Services Office.
He is survived by his wife Nomkhitha Dolweni and son Ndalo as well as his father and three brothers.
His family reported that Adv Dolweni has always been in good health until he developed flu-like symptoms recently. But to their shock, he was diagnosed with COVID-19, which attacked his lungs. “As a family with strong faith, we accepted the doctor’s report but believed that no coronavirus would prosper over him,” Mrs Dolweni recalled.
She said Adv Dolweni was a caring and loving husband until his death. He often asked if they were well and had eaten – even from his hospital bed, and promised that he would be home soon. During the couple’s last conversation on Wednesday morning, he complained about having a high temperature and stopped his regular WhatsApp chats.
The doctors then called the family twice in the afternoon and early in the evening to inform them that he was not doing well and had been put on maximum oxygen on a ventilator. He passed away that evening.
“He was a best friend to our son and me. We are very devastated. This has robbed us. He is too precious to be forgotten and too priceless to ever be replaced,” said Mrs Dolweni.
A memorial service for Adv Dolweni is scheduled to take place at the Assemblies of God Church near Joe Slovo High School in Khayelitsha at 17h00 on Tuesday, 15 December, and his funeral will be held at Zolani Centre in Nyanga on Friday at 9am.