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Rhodes: Students won’t end protests until 11 alleged rapists are arrested

The alleged rapists were mentioned in the so called #RUReferenceList, which was also posted on social media.

FILE. Rhodes University students protested on 20 April 2016 and called on management to deal with students accused of rape. Picture; Govan Whittles/EWN.

GRAHAMSTOWN - Students at Rhodes University say they won't end their anti-rape protest until 11 alleged rapists are taken off campus.

Students have brought the Eastern Cape institution to a standstill, demanding action be taken against alleged perpetrators of sexual violence.

The 11 alleged rapists were mentioned in a so called reference list which was also posted on social media.

About one hundred students yesterday held a mass meeting at which they revised the demands for the anti-rape protests.

The students want all societies and the Student Representative Council (SRC) to adopt a new sexual violence policy which should first be approved by the entire student body.

A student leader says the 11 alleged rapists can no longer be protected.

"The one thing that brings us together is our anger and our frustration at how the rape culture persists in this university, how management deals with rape."

Since the university secured a court interdict against the student leaders, less students have arrived at the protests and barricades on roads blocking access to the institution have been removed.

Protests significantly died down with only a handful of National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union members on campus to show support for the students.

On Wednesday, they clashed with police who fired rubber bullets and stun grenades and five people were arrested.

WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE

WATCH: #RUReferenceList: Rhodes Guys Chat

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