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Gays Excluded From Uni-Culture?

21 June 2016

In South Africa members of the Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC) have accused the University of Pretoria of not doing enough to end the culture of patriarchy at the institution. The organisation has also claimed that the "degrading" initiation of first-year students is still rife at the university’s residences.

EFFSC transformation officer Onthatile Marang said:
"A guy can't swipe his student card at the female residences, but a girl can swipe herself into male residences.

"There is a residence called Kollegetehuis where the boys are rewarded for sleeping with the most girls. If you've slept with the same girl for two months, they will make you sit on a bachelor's bench. They also sing songs about how hard the guys should fuck the girls.

"There is a pool table where girls can't play unless they are topless. It encourages a very patriarchal environment. If you're gay, you're excluded from res culture".

She said residence culture at the university was problematic, as it encouraged patriarchal behaviour to go unabated.

University spokesperson Anna-Retha Bouwer responded:
. "Practices which violate the rights and dignity of students are not allowed in any of our residences. All so-called student initiation practices are banned at the University of Pretoria residences, on penalty of expulsion and/or dismissal. Only approved sports and cultural activities, in which students or residences participate voluntarily, are permissible," she said.

"Male and female students have access only to their own residences and no student has unrestricted access to any other residence. The university investigates every allegation of abuse and ill-treatment of first-year and female students at its residences. To this end, the university calls on all students, staff, parents and the general public to bring to its attention any incidents which threaten or violate the dignity and safety of our students".

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