Rhodes VC demands release of arrested students to avoid escalating tensions
Rhodes University Vice Chancellor Sizwe Mabizela has asked for police to release the students arrested during this morning's demonstrations.
At least seven students have been arrested after a confrontation with police on Wednesday.
Others have blockaded the main road leading onto campus, and are demanding that the institution take action against 11 male students who allegedly raped other students on campus.
The accused rapists were named in a document published on social media, dubbed the #RUReferenceList.
Mabizela says that his first obligation is to protect university students and ensure their safety.
I was really pleading with the police that they release them. With students being arrested, it may just escalate the whole situation at the university, which we don't want at this stage.Dr Sizwe Mabizela, Rhodes University Vice Chancellor
Mabizela says the concerns surrounding sexual violence and rape culture are valid, and said the university was committed to raising awareness about gender-based violence and sexual assault.
He said several task teams have been established to improve the support structures available for rape survivors, in addition to the review of existing policy and protocols for charging offenders.
Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:
ANC vets want civil society groups present at the consultative conference, which they want held separately from another meeting.Read More
EWN's Gaye Davis summarises the evidence of the SABC journalists who appeared before the ad hoc committee in Parliament.Read More
A criminal lawyer explains what leg citizens can stand on if they witness a child or pet locked in a vehicle in risky conditions.Read More
The DA's James Selfe says it is not clear whether SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng will be either fired or suspended pending an inquiry.Read More
A judge has ruled that Hlaudi Motsoeneng should not hold any position at the SABC and Twitter has wasted no time reacting.Read More
Whether it's breaking bread or celebrating through song and dance, family rituals and traditions can create a sense of belonging.Read More
Speciality ice cream brand Baskin-Robbins is filling bellies and the demand for artisanal ice cream in Mzantsi. We get the scoop.Read More
Minister Jeff Radebe says that Cabinet has noted all the concerns raised by international rating agencies.Read More
All the money spent on the two-week-long campaign could be put to better use, into on-going programmes and social interventions.Read More
Families traveling overseas may have an easier time navigating the borders once the child passport is introduced in February 2017.Read More