Abuse besieges tertiary institutions

Abuse besieges tertiary institutions.
Abuse besieges tertiary institutions.
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Rape and violence against women at tertiary institutions has been an ongoing problem in South Africa.

Here are some incidents:

Nelson Mandela University made headlines in October when an armed man raped one student and stabbed another at a computer laboratory on the premises.

At the time, university spokeswoman Zandile Mbabela said the attacker had entered the computer laboratory minutes after security personnel had patrolled the area.

The suspect was apprehended. The 30-year-old man is due to stand trial later this month.

The University of Cape Town also made headlines last year when numerous students were raped on campus.

Patrick Hlomane, who was implicated, was jailed but sexual assaults at the university continued. Hlomane was given nine life sentences after he confessed to raping five students in 2015 and 2016.

In August last year, there had been 16 cases reported in the first half of the year. Two SRC members were also reportedly suspended amid rape allegations last year.

A student who had been raped at the university penned a blog about the ordeal and the subsequent treatment she received from the institution's wellness centre.

Rhodes University announced last year it had expelled a student implicated in the rape of a first-year student.

The student was barred from studying or setting foot on the campus for a decade.

While the third-year BCom student was pronounced guilty of the rape by a university panel, which included legal experts, the local deputy director of public prosecutions Malherbe Marais declined to prosecute.

In 2016, the son of a prominent politician in Zimbabwe, a popular comedian, a journalist and several student leaders were among 11 men accused of rape at the university.

In 2016, females from the Wits University, some of whom marched bare-
breasted, embarked on a silent protest against rape and violence on the campus.

Earlier this year, a Wits' newsletter reported that a former SRC member had been arrested for rape. The man was alleged to have raped a person at one of the institution's residences.

He was dismissed from the university. 

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