Johannesburg - Students protesting against rape culture at the University of Rhodes successfully pressured the administration into accepting some of their demands on Friday.
Vice-chancellor Sizwe Mabizela thanked the protesters for raising the “very important issue” of rape and sexual assault but his words were being drowned out by students from the #RUReferenceList movement singing outside the building.
“The challenge of ridding our university of the pernicious scourge of sexual violence and rape calls for a big, bold and imaginative response and not just tinkering around the margins,” Mabizela said in the press conference.
But on Friday morning Mabizela announced that the Rhodes administration would only agree to four out of the original eight demands from the students.
He said that Rhodes would hire more workers for the Harassment Office, improve sensitivity training, use external prosecutors for rape cases and mark the transcripts of students who have been found guilty of sexual violence.