#GBV: Campus safety, security still a concern – Nzimande

Minister of Transport, Blade Nzimande. Photo: Jacques Nelles
The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, urged all institutions of higher learning to improve safety and security at their campuses.

This, after the death of Precious Ramabulana, who was studying at the Ramokhopha campus of the Capricorn TVET College. Precious was brutally murdered on Saturday night in her rented room and was discovered on Sunday with 52 stab wounds.

Her death has caused a stir on social media with many users once again calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the escalating scourge of violence against women. Her death has sparked much anger across the country and comes at a time when the country is observing 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence.

The commemoration, observed annually from November the 25th to December the 10, is aimed at raising awareness against any form of abuse against women and children. It is this year to be observed under the theme “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!”.

Ramabulana’s brutal death also comes just months after the much-publicised death of a UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana.

Mrwetyana was allegedly attacked, raped and murdered by a 42-year-old Luyanda Botha, who was a Post Office employee in the Western Cape.

Her death has sparked anger and raised more concerns regarding the lack of safety and security of women and children in the country, with many calling on Ramaphosa to declare the victimisation and killing of women as a national crisis.

Although, Uyinene’s murderer has recently been sentenced three life terms, many social media users are still taking to Twitter and Facebook to raise their concerns over the increasing number of Gender-based Violence incidents, stating that more clearly needs to be done.

Nzimande has meanwhile expressed his support. “I have engaged all of our institutions, both universities and TVET Colleges, to improve campus safety and security. I will be getting a report from the Ministerial Task Team we appointed to advise me on issues of sexual harassment and gender-based violence and harm at our institutions, focusing on institutional policy alignment and initiatives to address gender-based violence at universities”.