The headlining talk of the day was not that of a cold, bustling Monday morning recording the memories of many graduates with family members and acquaintances who made their way to the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) graduation ceremony.
An accountancy Professor at UJ suddenly fell and died in the main corridor of the University’s Auckland Park Kingsway (APK) campus during that particular morning.
Professor Aart Boessenkool died due to what several sources suspect to have been a heart attack before addressing a graduation ceremony scheduled for that morning.
“It was very disturbing; I’m still in disbelief how someone can just pass on within a blink of an eye. Indeed, ‘Death be not proud’,” said a second-year Bcom Accounting student at UJ, Ayandiswa Mdukulwana, to The Open Journal a few hours after the incident.
Prof. Boessenkool was recently appointed as a Professor for Accountancy at the UJ College of Business and Economics School of Accounting, according to a statement by UJ’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Tshilidzi Marwala.
“As the SRC, we did send our condolences to the accounting faculty (School of Accounting),” said APK SRC President Lethlogonolo Maimane.
“We suggested that all those who were exposed to the professor and the UJ community be allowed some mental rehabilitation through the use of on campus facilities like PsyCad,” he added.
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