Alleged rape ‘not on campus’

2014-11-13 00:00

THE student who claimed she was raped on the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, yesterday admitted she lied about where the attack took place.

This after the university refuted claims that the student was raped on the Pietermaritzburg campus.

Yesterday The Witness reported that a first-year student was allegedly raped and robbed within the campus, quoting the student in an interview.

University spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said in that article that they were unaware of the alleged incident as no report was filed by the student with Risk Management Services (RMS) at its Midlands campus.

The student had also said that she had not reported the matter to the university.

Seshoka said upon receipt of notification of the alleged incident, RMS immediately launched a full-scale investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident and obtained all relevant information from the police.

“After conducting an interview with the student and surveying security footage on campus, the university can confirm that the incident did not take place on campus as alleged by the student in the police report,” she said. She said it is regrettable that the student has made the claim that the incident occurred on the university’s campus. “The university has and will always hold the students’ safety as one of its highest priorities and condemns all forms of violence.

“The university is fully committed to creating a safe environment for all its students.”

Approached by The Witness yesterday, the student admitted that she had lied that she was raped on campus, saying the rape took place elsewhere. Quizzed why she didn’t tell the truth, she said, “My parents think I am always on campus. What would they say if I had told them I was out of campus at that time?”

• khanyisani.dlomo@witness.co.za

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