UCT Vice-Chancellor Apologises For Twitter Comments

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After serious allegations against a professor at the University of Cape Town (UCT) were made public on social media, the institution's Vice-Chancellor raised eyebrows on Twitter for her comments regarding the serious matter.


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UCT Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has apologised and withdrawn her comments made in response to a Twitter post from the anonymous @RAPEDATUCT Twitter account.

The @RAPEDUCT1 Twitter user said they were sexually assaulted by a UCT professor on the university premises and were instructed to not report the matter and keep it internal. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Phakeng said, “This student has refused help from the university. She must say what her real agenda is”. The VC has since apologised for her tweets on the matter.

She said, “Let me assure you that there is absolutely no place at UCT for despicable, offensive and violent conduct against women, we do not tolerate such conduct”.

Phakeng also disputed the claim made by the anonymous Twitter user that UCT is paying the legal fees of the perpetrator of the assault. She explained that the alleged perpetrator is a joint staff member between WCG Health and UCT, in a relationship governed by a bilateral agreement.

She explained that in cases like this, their hands are tied and all they can only support the victims.

“The main purpose of this apology and withdrawal of my tweet is to make sure that our students have the courage to report such conduct, with confidence that we will act” concluded Phakeng. 

 

 


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