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Two UCT students suspended following sexual assault allegations

Allegations of sexual assault against a former Student Representative Council (SRC) member came to light on Tuesday evening, resulting in students embarking on protest action.
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Two UCT students suspended following sexual assault allegations

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has suspended two students with immediate effect over allegations of sexual assault.

It is understood that a group of students defied lockdown regulations on Tuesday evening to look for an alleged sexual assault perpetrator at the university’s residence.

The group reportedly took the student, who is said to be a former SRC member to Mowbray police station, where they tried to convince his alleged victim, who was also part of the group, to open a police case.

In a statement issued on Friday the university said, one student is a respondent in a sexual assault case, while the second is suspended for his involvement in the case.

Their suspension does not extend to participation in online academic activities, the university said.

The students have also been given an opportunity to make submissions as to why this order should not be made final at a hearing to be convened within 72 hours of the provisional order.

“The suspension is imposed while the matter is being fully investigated by the Special Tribunal, which is working on this issue with the priority it requires in line with the endeavor by the UCT executive to have the case receiving attention as urgently as possible. The university will ensure that due process is followed and that the matter is concluded as speedily as possible,” the university said.

 

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