Sol Plaatje lecturer lays sex assault complaint
● A lecturer at Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley lodged a complaint of sexual assault with the police this week after a senior academic allegedly touched his genitals.
The lecturer, who is married, alleges that the man touched him inappropriately after visiting him in his office on August 27.
“I was shocked because he was a man I trusted. I felt very violated and I don’t want to go back there.”
He said he did not report the matter to the police immediately because he had been attending therapy sessions.
He filed the complaint at the Kimberley police station on Tuesday.
“If you’re a man and someone touches your private parts, how would you react? I thank the Lord that I controlled myself because if I fought back, he would have charged me for assault.”
He has also lodged a grievance with the university’s labour relations department.
“I am psychologically disturbed now and don’t feel well at all. God will see that justice is done.”
The complainant said he had asked members of his church as well as his colleagues to pray for him.
The university’s vice-chancellor, Professor Yunus Ballim, said the institution had responded swiftly, but “the issues are not as clear as they may appear at first glance”.
He said the university had investigated the matter and it was satisfied that the complainant has been receiving the necessary counselling.
“We have also met with the counsellor to discuss our responses and any necessary additional support.”
He said the two parties had agreed to a process “for further assessment of the allegations” but that the first two meetings had to be postponed because the complainant was booked off sick.
Northern Cape police spokesperson, Lt-Col Dimakatso Mooi, confirmed that a sexual assault case is being investigated. “No further information can be divulged.”
If you’re a man and someone touches your private parts, how would you react? I thank the Lord that I controlled myself because if I fought back, he would have charged me for assault