Rhodes students protest against sexual violence

Johannesburg, 19 April 2016 - Rights group Kwanele has launched an initiative called Enuf is Enuf, aims to break the silence around sexual assault. Founder Andy Kawa, joins us in studio to discuss the project. Video: eNCA
Students have disrupted lectures at Rhodes University, some of them going topless. Photo: eNCA

GRAHAMSTOWN - Students have disrupted lectures at Rhodes University, some of them going topless.

They say management must deal with rape on campus.

A group of students identified alleged rapists on social media at the weekend.

The law states that suspects in sex crimes should only be named once they have appeared in court.

But students are furious, claiming the system protects perpetrators instead of victims.

The protest has sparked a national debate about rape culture at universities.

"The fact that victims aren't heard creates that desperation to actually say: We would like to be heard," said Kwanele: Enuf is Enuf! founder Andy Kawa.

"What's happening at Rhodes isn't really different from what's happening in our society in terms of rape culture.

"I think the frustrations that the students are having at Rhodes, are similar frustrations to rape victims in our society."

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