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Rape is a national crisis - Maties VC

Maties rector Wim de Villiers says disrespectful behaviour towards females is a South African problem.

Rhodes University students show thier support for the Chapter 2.12 camapign against victim blaming and rape culture on campus. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Stellenbosch University's vice chancellor says sexual violence is a national crisis and a phenomenon that exists on university campuses.

It's believed there have been at least two rapes outside separate female residences on the Maties campus this year.

Professor Wim de Villiers says disrespectful behaviour towards females is a South African societal problem.

"Rape culture is an issue we deal with as a nation, as a country. It's also internationally something that we see more and more on campuses."

LISTEN: How do we address the high incidents of rape in SA?

Meanwhile, Rhodes University has set up a task team to investigate sexual violence on campus.

On Sunday night, a list of 11 names of students accused of sex crimes was made public on social media. A group of protestors also descended on several male residences to demand answers from some of the alleged perpetrators.

Students have accused the institution of failing to protect rape survivors.

The demonstrations continued on Wednesday, with a group of students disrupting several lectures and barricading a road leading onto the Grahamstown campus.

Read the Rhodes SRC's response.