Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) SRC has handed 300 canisters of pepper sprays to female students at District Six campus and will distribute more to their other campuses in the coming days.
This comes as a direct response to the growing threat of Gender-based violence throughout the country.
The pepper sprays have been donated by Magnum Boots Africa, a safety apparel company serving the South African market.
It was about 2-3 weeks ago when news of students and women being abused and rape in our country. Not a lot of people have the power to change anything and that touched a nerve. I approached my directors and asked them how about we do something about this,” said Magnum Boots Africa marketing coordinator, Casey Crow.
Crow said they have delivered sprays various campuses including Cape Peninsula University of Technology, University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University as well as the #IWillNotBeNext movement.
Deputy chairperson of local SRC District Six campus Zandile Mguzulo said she is relieved because the security system at CPUT is weak.
“We as the SRC take it upon ourselves to educate our female students on how to use these. Doing a video and providing education on how to use this something we’ll do,” said Mguzulo.
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