Wiseman Khuzwayo's portrait being exhibited at the launch of scholarship. Portrait Artist: Clare Harper

WISEMAN Khuzwayo, the late South African journalist has been honoured by Hull University where he studied law, by having a scholarship dedicated to his name.

The Wiseman Khuzwayo PhD scholarship in Refugees and Human Traficking was launched at the House of Commons in London on 20th June as the world commemorated International Refugees Day.

Khuzwayo’s widow, Anna Khuzwayo, was flown from South Africa with her children to attend the ceremony which was also attended by the British House of Commons speaker, John Bercow.

Mike Craven a former Hull university student said the scholarship, which is part of a wider £3 million of investment undertaken by the varsity, was aptly named after Khuzwayo who had experienced the realities of being a political refugee himself after fleeing apartheid South Africa.

Khuzwayo graduated with a law degree from Hull university before opting to work as a journalist instead. His journalism career culminated at the Business Report newspaper in South Africa where he worked for decades before passing away in May 2017 after a struggle with cancer.

Khuzwayo’s fellow former students at Hull had also chipped into the scholarship pot by raising $65,000 to set up funds for the scholarship that will examine links between migration, trafficking and contemporary slavery.

The university said the Wiseman Khuzwayo PhD scholarship in Refugees and Human Traficking is awarded to international students. Their theses will highlight the fact that slavery remains prevalent around the world, with forced labour existing in the domestic, agriculture, sex, construction and retail industries among others.

Recalling the student days he shared with Khuzwayo at Hull university, Craven said: “Khuzwayo was a larger than life character who quickly established a high profile at Hull. He retained a good sense of humour despite his physical suffering at the hands of the authorities in South Africa.”

Khuzwayo successfully forced the UK to make him the first black exile from South Africa to fly out of Lesotho by pointing out the differences between the treatment of his application for asylum against that of fellow white South African journalist, Donald Woods.

Before moving back to South Africa after the end of apartheid Khuzwayo established himself as a formidable freelance journalist in London writing mainly politically charged analytical articles about the evils of apartheid for several publications.

Khuzwayo was instrumental in setting up and editing the authoritative weekly African Times newspaper in London in the mid 1980’s which focused mainly on political African affairs. The newspaper was a sister publication of the Caribbean Times under the Hansib Publications flagship, owned by Arif Ali.