The Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) has confirmed in a statement that one of its students has been sexually violated this past weekend.
According to a statement released by CUT, management was alerted of an alleged incident of rape of a student on Saturday morning. The alleged perpetrator has since been arrested and the student is receiving the necessary support from the University through the CUT Wellness Centre.
“The University views this unfortunate and regrettable incident as a serious social illness in this country that calls on all of us to reflect on what we, as a collective, can do to address these challenges facing our society. CUT Management is collaborating closely with various stakeholders to determine specific actions aimed at addressing this social ill.”
Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof Alfred Ngowi, says “Our female students are entitled to enjoy freedoms entrenched in our Constitution. They are entitled to the protection of these rights. They have a legitimate claim to work peacefully on the streets from their residences to the campus, to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of their surroundings without the fear, apprehension, and insecurity that constantly diminishes the quality of their lives.”
CUT encourages students who are affected in any way to come forward for assistance. The University has resources to support students in this regard, through our Wellness Programme.
Compiled by Justine Fortuin