We don't feel safe at UFS – female students

2016-09-01 20:28
Two women taking part in th UFS protest. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

Two women taking part in th UFS protest. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Bloemfontein - A group of students at the University of Free State on Wednesday voiced their frustrations with the SRC for prioritising race over women's issues.

Pumla Mgobhozi accused the SRC of not being sympathetic to female students who face gender-specific challenges on campus.

"You are out here standing in solidarity but you are reducing this to popularity while we are being raped. We are not only afraid of being mugged, but we are afraid of being raped," Mgobhozi said.

The SRC and other students had marched to the main building on campus where they were confronted by a group of female students who were seemingly against the anti-racism march. 

About 200 students took part in the march.

SRC president Lindo Ntuli was addressing the marchers when the women tried to forcefully take the microphone from him. 

UFS students marching against racism in the Bloem campus (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

The women held placards that read: "The struggle did not stop in 1956. Black women you are on your own." 

Another poster read: "UFS SRC so now you care about women? Six incidences later?"

Highlighting the plight of women

Recently three students at the university allegedly sprayed liquid in the face of a female security guard at one of the institution's gates.

They were supposed to face disciplinary action on Thursday. 

A second poster read: "I am Mapaseka Mkuhutli. White men poured urine on me too."

The group of women handed over a memorandum to the SRC.

They demanded a sexual harassment and gender policy for students.

"To have a disciplinary panel that acts on matters of injustice of all sorts towards women and the community," it read.

Mosa Moerane said they wanted to highlight the plight of women.

"We have had continuous engagements with student leaders, but nobody seems to be taking us seriously, today was important for us to take a stand," Moerane said.

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