Rhodes University hands life bans to anti-rape student activists
The two banned student activists participated in anti-rape demonstrations at the Grahamstown Campus in April 2016.
They were expelled in November after they were found guilty of numerous charges, including kidnapping and assault.
It’s been reported they have been handed life bans.
The two banned student activists participated in anti-rape demonstrations at the Grahamstown campus in April 2016.
It’s understood the protests escalated after a group of female students publicly identified four male students suspected of rape.
They allegedly dragged the suspects out of dorm rooms.
In a statement, the Grahamstown university says the two expulsions are not related to the right to protest, saying they’ve been sanctioned for committing acts of criminality and violating the rights and liberties of others.
The ruling has sparked an outcry on social media with some suggesting the ban is heavy handed.
Rhodes Exclusions a Result of Criminality, No Student Excluded for Protesting pic.twitter.com/C4JUzchhch— Rhodes University (@Rhodes_Uni) December 12, 2017
Another Black Womxn brutalized by Rhodes University. Asked to remain anonymous. Rhodes based their evidence on a testimony given by a boy who was found guilty of sexual assault 💔 this is serious. We must show up for these Black Womxn. #RhodesWar pic.twitter.com/PrlmkunNOV— Babes Womzabalazo (@NalediChirwa) December 11, 2017
Raped at Rhodes University 4th of August, 2017.— Panda🐼 (@Zarbznguni) December 12, 2017
Reported my case and applied for extended Leave of Absence (and had to deregister) bcs I couldnt cope. They said they can only investigate once I reregister as a student in 2018.
I'm not going back. Forget it #RhodesWar
(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)