Classes resume at Rhodes

CLASSES resumed yesterday after last week’s anti-rape protests at Rhodes University.

Over the weekend, senior management and student representatives held a number of meetings aimed at addressing issues of an alleged rape culture at the university.

The protests were sparked after a list of alleged campus rapists went viral.

Rhodes vice-chancellor Dr Sizwe Mabizela convened an open forum for students, staff and university leadership to discuss the current situation at the institution.

University spokeswoman Catherine Deiner said the forum was set up to respond to a set of demands which had been communicated by some students.

“A number of issues were raised and the university leadership responded to them,” she said.

Deiner said the academic programme at the university had resumed, with lecturers asked to be considerate about the sensitivities surrounding last week’s protests.

Heads of department have been instructed by the university to reschedule tests and due dates for assignments which would have taken place last week.

“A full programme of awareness-raising activities has been planned by staff and students and has begun,” she said.

Rhodes student representative council vice-president Zweli Hlatshwayo said yesterday there were no planned protests at the university.

He said some students were attending lectures with placards to raise awareness but there had been no disruption of classes.

Allegations on social media that some lecturers had chosen to cancel their classes could not be verified by Deiner or Hlatshwayo.

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