Rape allegations rock campus

2015-11-24 06:00

A male University of Cape Town student was arrested following rape allegations that surfaced last week.

It is alleged that a 20-year-old female student was sleeping with other students in a hall that was made available to members of the #RhodesMustFall protest group when she was attacked early on Monday last week.

She jumped off the bed, went to the bathroom and tried to wake up other people in the residence for help.

After the attack she took to her Facebook page to tell the story of what happened. However, the post has been taken down since.

The victim was able to identify her attacker.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk confirms that a 24-year-old fellow student was arrested and appeared in court on Thursday.

The state opposed bail for suspect Thabiso Monyakane, saying he was a flight risk and does not have a fixed address.

Following the attack a UCT senior investigator has been assigned to investigate all the aspects of the case and is working closely with the police.

Gerda Kruger, UCT executive director for communications and marketing, says: “UCT is aware of and has responded to the allegations of an alleged sexual assault or rape in a building on its campus. We have activated the necessary support services to assist those involved in the incident.

“A male student was arrested by the police and taken into custody. It is important that due legal process is allowed to unfold. We discourage students from discussing details of this case on social media as it may interfere with the legal process,” says Kruger.

There are claims that a group of students threatened to “deal with” the alleged perpetrator themselves, and Kruger says this is condemned.

“Understand that if you make yourself guilty of such actions you will face criminal charges yourself. Please allow for the appropriate legal process to unfold.

“We ask everyone to consider the fact that rape and sexual assault are dreadful realities for citizens of our country. It is therefore important to treat the matter with utmost seriousness, and within due process,” adds Kruger.

V Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call Steven Ganger on 021 650 2222/3.

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