The student council at the University of Cape Town (SRC) has reported rape cases and suspended the accused faculty members from the university.

The Rape Allegations

The student council at the University of Cape Town (SRC) has reported rape cases and suspended the accused faculty members from the university. They announced this in a statement, saying:

“Some members of the SRC were alerted to an allegation by a UCT student that they were raped and sexually harassed by two of the SRC members (one an EFF Student Command and one a PASMA member).”

“On the 5th of July 2017, the SRC sat for its weekly standing meeting in which it decided unanimously among other things to suspend two of its members from office with immediate effect pending investigations,” it said.

It also pointed the two members out by name: “The two members involved are [redacted], who is alleged to have raped the student, and [redacted], who is alleged to have sexually harassed the student.”

Reactions To the Claims

The University’s PASMA allowed the suspension of one of the members from the student body.

“The PASMA SRC caucus engaged comrade [redacted] on the allegations. Both him and the student agree on the facts of the incident. The student alleges that they were drinking at one of the popular drinking joints in Rondebosch and they both agreed to go and have consented [sic] sex in comrade his room [sic] in Liesbeek.

“The story is relayed as follows; at Liesbeek they first had a smoke and it was after the smoking that the student said that they no longer wanted to have sex. It is then alleged that comrade [redacted] was unhappy about this decision and did not talk to the student for the rest of the night and turned his back on her while they continued to sleep in the same bed,” the student movement said.

The university also pointed out that it wasn’t aware of this issue and has since raised concerns about publicly naming the accused.

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