South Africa: Rhodes Student Expelled Over Violent Rape Protest Fights Back

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Following a decision to expel her from Rhodes University for being part of a violent protest on campus against the 'rape culture' at the institution, Yolanda Dyantyi this week started her fight-back against what her counsel labelled the 'over-zealous university that determined to prosecute, convict and expel her, come what may'.

Yolanda Dyantyi, who is from Soweto, was in the final year of her BA degree in April 2017 when what she described as a "spontaneous protest" against rape culture started at Rhodes University. She said in papers before court that she was one of about 200 students and staff members who joined the protest.

"We were angry at the environment of pervasive sexual violence including rape that existed at the university and the university's refusal to address it effectively," she said.

"The evidence is that not enough is being done to combat this scourge and that ingrained aspects of the university's culture promote and exacerbate an environment in which no reasonable woman can feel completely safe."

She said in court papers that at the time the university would refer to female first-year students as "seals" ripe for "clubbing" when explaining the aggressive sexual behaviour of male students.

"When rape...

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