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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.

A general view of Rhodes University. Picture: Facebook.com.

CAPE TOWN - Two Rhodes University students have been banned for their conduct during protests against rape culture on campus.

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.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)