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CHAD JOHNSTON

Tshwane University of Technology

Students were requested to vacate two campuses in Shoshonguve on 8 March. The announcement was made on 7 March, giving students 24 hours to make alternative accommodation arrangements. Some students had to find churches and community halls to stay in on Tuesday night.

 

Stellenbosch University (SU)

On Wednesday 9 March the SU SRC protestesd against colonial symbols and outsouring at the university. On Thursday 10 March the protests turned violent and lasted throughout the night. Protesters set a car on fire, damaged buildings and torched an administration building. The university said on Twitter that a case of arson and damage to property has been opened with the SAPS.

Stellenbosch has appointed a task team to look into allegations of a “rape culture” at the university. This is after a female student was raped outside the Harmonie residence in February. The university’s Rector and Vice- Chancellor Wim de Villiers has expressed his outrage at the incident and urged students at the university to report all sexual assault cases to the police and to the university.

 

University of Cape Town (UCT)

UCT confirmed that a female student escaped after she was attacked, raped and held captive off campus on 8 March. The university has said that details are unclear, but there is a possibility that the attack is similar to three previous attacks that occurred close to the Rhodes Memorial and that the attacks may have been committed by the same person. The student was severely assaulted and has been admitted to hospital. UCT has urged students and staff not to go running in the area alone.

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