'Rhodes VC says publishing alleged rapists names is unconstitutional'

Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela says publishing names of alleged rapists on social media is unconstitutional and a violation of those people's rights.

Mabizela was speaking for the first time since student protests against rape culture at the institution started on Sunday.

Afternoon Drive's Xolani Gwala spoke to Govan Whittles, EWN reporter, following the story at Rhodes in Grahamstown.

Govan reported that the vice-chancellor says there are two cases of sexual assault, which include rape, that have been reported to the university this year.

Mabizela says he intends on re-opening the university on Monday and expects the protest to end.

Listen to the conversation between Xolan and Govan below

The Vice Chancellor says he believes the publishing of those 11 names on social media of the alleged rapists violates constitutes a violation of those people's rights, and he believes it's unconstitutional. And he has asked the people who put the list on social media to remove it at once. And he said he can't suspend those 11 guys unless charges have been laid against them.

Govan Whittles, EWN reporter

He says there is a rape culture in South Africa, and he believes that Rhodes is a microcosm and obviously not immune from that. He admits that there is a problem of sexual violence at the institution, and he went on to admit that the reporting mechanism and what the victim has to go through when they want to get justice is not sensitive enough and should be reworked.

Govan Whittles, EWN reporter
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