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24 May 10:44

Q&A | Psychologist Saths Cooper on Stellenbosch incident: 'We need to rethink our education system'

The incident in which Stellenbosch University student Theuns du Toit was filmed urinating on fellow student Babalo Ndwayana's study material last Sunday reopened the conversation around racism in South Africa. 

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20 May 18:45

BREAKING | Stellenbosch University postpones exams by a week

Stellenbosch University Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching Professor Deresh Ramjugernath has announced exams will be postponed by a week.

Students were supposed to sit for their first semester exams on Monday. They will now start on 30 May.

Recess will start on 4 July. This, however, Ramjugernath said, will not impact the start of the second semester on 18 July.

Ramjugernath said the university took into account the “mental health and emotional state of our students” after an alleged racist incident and rape on campus this week.

20 May 15:32

Stellenbosch University says disciplinary procedure into urination incident must be conclusive

Stellenbosch University says that although it has expedited the investigation into Theuns du Toit and the urination incident, it must still follow proper processes.

Du Toit was suspended on Monday following a video taken by fellow student Babalo Ndwayana early on Sunday morning at Huis Marais student residence. 

Ndwayana said he woke to hear someone in his room, and started filming Du Toit urinating at a corner desk where his study materials were kept. 
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19 May 18:49

Stellenbosch Uni's VC, Prof Wim de Villiers, receives the demands from students during a march against racism at the university on Thursday. (Gallo Images/Brenton Geach)
<em>Stellenbosch Uni's VC, Prof Wim de Villiers, receives the demands from students during a march against racism at the university on Thursday. (Gallo Images/Brenton Geach)</em>

19 May 18:49

Sasco leads a student march against racism at Stellenbosch University on Thursday. (Gallo Images/ER Lombard)
<em>Sasco leads a student march against racism at Stellenbosch University on Thursday. (Gallo Images/ER Lombard)</em>

19 May 17:53

BREAKING | Alleged Stellenbosch University rapist released on bail

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila has confirmed the Stellenbosch University student who was arrested on Thursday morning made a brief appearance in the Stellenbosch Magistrate's Court.

He is charged with two counts of rape.

The court set his bail at R1 000 with conditions that he must not be in contact with the complainant. His case was postponed until 29 June 2022 for further investigation.

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19 May 14:45

The Student Representative Council of Stellenbosch University has released a statement regarding an alleged rape at the university that has been suspended from his residence.

"The SRC is abhorred that our university is yet again faced with an incident of Gender-Based Violence," it said in a statement.

The SRC confirmed that the female student is from another SU residence and that disciplinary proceedings have commenced.

"It can further not be ignored that of the three despicable incidents that took place over the past week, two occurred within the SU men's residences," it stressed.

- Marvin Charles

19 May 14:33

Stellenbosch University student arrested in connection with rape allegations

Yet another scandal has rocked Stellenbosch University after a first-year student was arrested in connection with the rape of a fellow student on Wednesday.

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19 May 13:56

A protest over the Stellenbosch University incident galvanised students into a protest march.

The ANCYL said black people are treated as pit toilets. 

A memorandum calls for an inquiry into racism.

About 200 Stellenbosch University students marched to the Admin B building to protest over racism sparked by a white student urinating on a black student's study materials.

"I just felt this is the correct moment to support a brother," said first year arts and social science student Ngomso Gayi on Thursday.

Wendy Magidigidi said Theuns Du Toit's urinating on Babalo Ndwayana's things made her feel degraded as a black person.

Humanities student Oliver Murphy said he was there to support his fellow black students against racism.

"We are tired of 'critical engagements'," said student representative Queen Majikijela.

"I want the University to take action," she said demanding that a university representative address them.

ANC Youth League representative told the gathering: "White people are telling us they do not see us as human beings. They are seeing us as pit toilets."

Cardboard signs carried messages that read: "Fuck racism", Our VC deals with racism via email" and "Racists give small dick energy".

The students' demands include an inquiry to investigate racism.

- Jenni Evans

19 May 12:54

A 19-year-old woman reported the incident, which took place at around 22:30 in a student residence in Victoria Street, Stellenbosch, said police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk.

"The victim has not reported the incident to the SU Equality Unit yet, but she had been provided with information on the various ways that an incident can be reported internally. She will be assisted in this regard. The University respects the wishes of the victim and her decisions."

19 May 12:45

Stellenbosch University has rocked by yet another scandal after a first year student was arrested in connection with the rape of a fellow student on Wednesday.

The university confirmed that one of its students had been taken into custody and will be suspended, pending an internal and criminal investigation.  

"In accordance with its established procedures and protocols, the University will suspend the alleged perpetrator from his residence, pending further internal and criminal investigation by law enforcement authorities. It must be noted that this is now a criminal matter and the law will now run its course," said Professor Hester Klopper, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Strategy, Global and Corporate Affairs.

19 May 12:40

UCT vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng under fire over tweet dismissing student's rape claim

University of Cape Town (UCT) vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng has come under fire for her response to a tweet by a student who claimed to have been raped on campus, allegedly by a professor at the institution. 

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19 May 12:36

Statement:

Stellenbosch University deeply distressed about an alleged rape on Stellenbosch campus

The Management of Stellenbosch University (SU) is deeply distressed to learn of an alleged case of rape on its Stellenbosch Campus.

The Rector and management of the University condemns all forms of crime and any infringement on human rights including gender-based violence in the strongest possible terms and is taking immediate action in terms of supporting the victim, investigation and disciplinary processes.

There is absolutely no place in our society or on our campuses for acts of violence. Our hearts go out to the victim of the alleged rape.

The University commends the swift action by the South African Police Service (SAPS). The alleged perpetrator, a student at SU, was arrested by SAPS yesterday morning. In accordance with its established procedures and protocols, the University will suspend the alleged perpetrator from his residence, pending further internal and criminal investigation by law enforcement authorities.

It must be noted that this is now a criminal matter and the law will now run its course.

The victim is currently cared for and safe. She yesterday opened a case of rape against the perpetrator with SAPS, who accompanied her to the Stellenbosch Provincial Hospital, where she was examined and also received the necessary medication, care and primary counselling.

The victim has not reported the incident to the SU Equality Unit yet, but she had been provided with information on the various ways that an incident can be reported internally. She will be assisted in this regard.

The University respects the wishes of the victim and her decisions.

"I confirm the University’s strict zero-tolerance approach to gender-based violence," says Prof Hester Klopper, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Strategy, Global and Corporate Affairs.

"Like my Rectorate colleagues, I too am personally deeply committed to this cause and in line with our Unfair Discrimination and Harassment policy, we will continue to work harder toward creating an environment free of gender-based violence and that advances equal rights for all. Human dignity must be and will continue to be a non-negotiable at Stellenbosch University that will be respected, upheld and restored when affected, regardless of the transgression and without fear of or favour to an alleged perpetrator," Prof Klopper adds.

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