Rhodes out of Inter-Var­sity

Grocott's Mail - - SPORT - By SA­MAN­THA CAROLUS

Rhodes Uni­ver­sity has of­fi­cially with­drawn all 26 sport­ing codes from the East­ern Cape Inter-Var­sity which is dud to be hosted by Uni­ver­sity of Fort Hare, and usu­ally in­volves the hosts, Rhodes, Nel­son Man­dela Uni­ver­sity (NMU) and Wal­ter Sisulu Uni­ver­sity (WSU).

A state­ment sent to the stu­dent body by the Di­rec­tor of Stu­dent Af­fairs Malinge Gqeba, ex­plained that for an event as large as Inter-Var­sity, cer­tain le­gal re­quire­ments have to be met, in­clud­ing Risk Cat­e­gori­sa­tion of the event by SAPS; Po­lice Clear­ance; and an event safety plan. The Uni­ver­sity of Fort Hare had failed to meet these re­quire­ments, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

Gqeba noted that Rhodes like all other uni­ver­si­ties, have a le­gal re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure the safety and se­cu­rity of stu­dents at all times, and that if the uni­ver­sity is to fail at do­ing this it could lead to pos­si­ble law­suits. Gqeba said that the de­ci­sion is bind­ing on all Rhodes Uni­ver­si­ties clubs and so­ci­eties, as well as in­di­vid­ual stu­dents.

There­fore no ac­tiv­i­ties are per­mit­ted be­tween Rhodes Uni­ver­sity, Uni­ver­sity of Fort Hare, Wal­ter Sisulu Uni­ver­sity and Nel­son Man­dela Uni­ver­sity for the week­end of 18-20 Au­gust 2017

The de­ci­sion comes after a thor­ough risk as­sess­ment of both the sports and the so­cial event (after party) prepara- tions,” said The Rhodes Uni­ver­sity Stu­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil.

“We un­der­stand the dis­ap­point­ment that could come from mak­ing such a de­ci­sion,” the SRC said, “but we be­lieve the de­ci­sion made was based on prin­ci­ple and thor­ough as­sess­ment. Any un­fore­seen neg­a­tive in­ci­dences could jeop­ar­dise the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Rhodes Uni­ver­sity in Inter-Var­sity in the fu­ture. To all sports codes that would have been par­tic­i­pat­ing we thank you for your tire­less prepa­ra­tion and ded­i­ca­tion.”

The Rhodes Uni­ver­sity sports/com­mu­nity and all the sport­ing codes are how­ever, still ex­cited to host the In­terVar­sity 2018 tour­na­ment.

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