Habib appoints gender activist to review handling of Wits rape case

Tempers flared after the rape survivor tried to take her own life due to the trauma she had suffered.

Wits University vice chancellor Adam Habib looks down during a third day of protests at the institution over proposed tuition fee increases on 16 October 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Wits vice chancellor Adam Habib has appointed researcher and gender activist Nomboniso Gasa to investigate the institution's handling of the rape of a student at one of its residences.

Students at the Wits Junction residence have accused the university of failing to take action after a female student was raped, allegedly by a fellow Wits student who stays in the same building.

Tempers flared after the rape survivor tried to take her own life due to the trauma she had suffered.

A group of students tried to evict the alleged rapist themselves this week, but claim management protected him.

Habib says Gasa will submit her report on how Wits staff has dealt with the rape complaint and recommend ways in which the university can deal with similar cases in the future in three days.

“We have asked her to come in and review this case to see what happened within our structure, our gender office and residence life management, as well as where everything worked and what didn’t work.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)