Cape Town – In fear of being the next victims of gender-based violence (GBV), more than 1 000 CPUT female students, supported by their male peers and lecturers from the institution's five campuses, called for an immediate safety and security boost on campus and at residences.
The students were speaking during a GBV programme organised by management at the Bellville campus yesterday, where classes were suspended to make way for the event.
While the Bellville campus was a sea of black expressing a period of mourning, some women were half-naked with phrases painted on their bodies including: “My body is not a crime scene” and “I'm still not asking to be raped”, while others held placards and sang Struggle songs.
The initiative came in the wake of femicide and GBV recently on the rise, with a first-year CPUT stduent being kidnapped, assaulted and raped just last week.
The 21-year-old student was exiting Tygerberg Hospital in Parow last Tuesday when three men allegedly pushed her into a car and drove to bushes next to Bishop Lavis Magistrate's Court, where she was raped. She is recovering at home.