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Another rape incident at Nelson Mandela University, students renew calls for tighter security

Aug 6, 2018
Another rape incident at Nelson Mandela University, students renew calls for tighter security

Classes and shuttle services at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth have been temporarily postponed until 10am on all PE campuses due to protest action at North and South campus entrances.

Students blocked off access to the university following reports of another rape incident that happened on campus over the weekend.

"Staff should liaise directly with their line managers for direction," the university said.   

"Further, communication will follow once the University has clarity on the way forward."

The Nelson Mandela University said that it is looking into the alleged sexual assault incident.

"While a criminal charge was opened against the alleged perpetrator, who is also a student, with the South African Police Service, the University is gathering all the necessary information to pursue concurrent internal disciplinary action," the university said.

"The University is indeed troubled by reported incidents of rape and/or sexual assault among students, who share communal spaces on campus."

It added that initiatives aimed at creating increased awareness about gender-based violence continue to run on the various campuses and the objective is that these ultimately result in the total eradication of such incidents within university spaces. 

"We assure the University community that this, as well as other pending matters, is receiving the attention it deserves and urge you to allow due process to take its course."

Several students took to social media and lambasted the institution for lax security - even after similar incidents in the past that have seen students robbed, raped and even murdered.