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Rhodes to set up task team to probe sexual violence on campus

Rhodes University students have accused the institution of failing to protect rape survivors.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Rhodes University is to set up a task team to investigate sexual violence on campus.

This after a list of names of current and past students accused of sex crimes was made public.

The list was released on a Facebook page on Sunday night, leading to student protests.

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

There's been no word on whether or not the students' demands addressed to vice-chancellor Sizwe Mabizela will be met after he addressed a group of protesters outside the administration building yesterday.

Students confront Mabizela #RUReferenceList pic.twitter.com/SY79UYLfZk

The students want the varsity's sexual assault policy to be reviewed, two staff members to be dismissed and a student representative council member to be removed.

The university has released a statement saying it will look into providing a better support system for victims.

The institution has also urged rape survivors to seek counselling at one of its facilities.

Meanwhile, the university's SRC says it cannot remove the member mentioned on the list, because he has not been formally charged.