DRUM - - Ed's Note -

Most par­ents want their chil­dren to go to univer­sity, as many peo­ple’s lives have im­proved af­ter they re­ceived qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

In light of the re­cent al­leged rape and as­sault of two stu­dents at Nel­son Man­dela Univer­sity, par­ents have now learnt that their chil­dren aren’t safe at these in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing.

It is wor­ry­ing that we still have in­ci­dents like this in 2017, more than 20 years af­ter the dawn of a new democ­racy in South Africa.

Af­ter fight­ing for free and ac­ces­si­ble ed­u­ca­tion through the #FeesMustFall cam­paign, we can’t be fight­ing against rape at uni­ver­si­ties too. It is wor­ry­ing and un­fair to par­ents who pay huge fees for tu­ition and ac­com­mo­da­tion. It is the univer­sity’s job to make sure stu­dents are safe.

The per­pe­tra­tor should get what he de­serves – a long jail sen­tence – as cam­pus rape is a night­mare and our sis­ters need to be pro­tected. MELATO MPHAHLELE, ZEBEDIELA

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