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Sexual Assualt Allegations on Social Media

Date Released: Wed, 24 August 2016 09:16 +0200

On Sunday 21 August 2016, the newly elected SRC Environmental Councillor for 2017 issued a statement indicating that he had resigned following an accusation that he had sexually assaulted another member of the student body.  He indicated that he would be following due process to prove his innocence.

In the evening of the same day, the newly elected SRC Activism and Transformation Councillor for 2017 issued a statement indicating that it was she who had made the allegation, and that the allegation was untrue.

On Monday 22 August 2016, the Activism and Transformation Councillor for 2017 tendered her resignation from the SRC.

Rhodes condemns all kinds of sexual violence.  We stand in full solidarity and support of all our students and staff who are survivors of sexual violence.  We must never rest until the pernicious scourge of sexual violence in general is permanently eradicated from our society.

We re-iterate the value and importance of due process, and respect for individual rights as provided for in the constitution of our country.  This incident illustrates exactly why due process is necessary in handling serious allegations such as this one, and why the laws of our land require fair treatment as an inherent aspect of human rights and justice.

False accusations against any person for any reason have no place in an intellectual community which is based on the pursuit of knowledge and truth.