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Monday, 09 September 2019

Breaking silence on Gender-Based Violence

SPEAKING OUT: staff members and students assembled for a day of mourning the recent murders of women and foreign nationals on the Bellville Campus on Monday. SPEAKING OUT: staff members and students assembled for a day of mourning the recent murders of women and foreign nationals on the Bellville Campus on Monday.

In response to the recent wave of violence perpetrated against women, staff members and students assembled for a day of mourning on the Bellville Campus on Monday.

Dressed in black, the CPUT community gathered in front of the Administration building in show of solidarity to victims and survivors of gender-based violence and to acknowledge the first-year CPUT Nursing Sciences student who was abducted and raped after finishing a shift last week.

Addressing the crowd, Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo, re-emphasised management’s commitment to zero tolerance for Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and urged students and staffers to join hands and take action.

“Be vigilant of this GBV monster in and outside of university spaces,” said Nhlapo adding that the GBV Emergency Number is 021 959 6550 and Department of Student Affairs’ is 060 980 0286

Nhlapo also emphasised some of the interventions already in place at the institution including the following:

•             Thorough vetting of staff during recruitment;

•             A basic “green” or safe route through campuses;

•             Stronger access controls and CCTV cameras;

•             More security patrols, lighting and a rapid response unit on campuses;

•             Better monitoring of number plates;

•             After hours for the campus clinic and counselling departments and;

•             A tribunal and ombudsman for GBV cases;

Female student leaders, representing all campuses, also used the platform to raise their ideas for making their campuses safer for all.

“Ultimately we believe the points being made by female students were valid, and they were discussed at length at a Management Committee meeting held directly after the programme,” Nhlapo later reported in a communique to the university’s community.

Nonkosi Tyolwana, Director: Transformation, Social Cohesion and Diversity, said academic freedom fosters open and public debate over major issues facing society.

 “Your presence today gives the university great courage and hope,” said Tyolwana. “GBV is not just another form of violence. It is a threat to human life. A denial of human dignity. Sadly our female students and staff suffer the most.” 

Ultimately we believe the points being made by female students were valid, and they were discussed at length at a Management Committee meeting held directly after the programme.

 

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.