UCT announces special tribunal and online reporting tool to deal with GBV cases

By Oluthando Keteyi - 07 September 2019Views : 409

With immediate effect, the University of Cape Town (UCT) has introduced a special ad hoc tribunal to deal with cases of gender-based violence.

An online reporting tool has also been created by the university, that makes the reporting of sexual and gender-based violence user-friendly and accessible.

"The special tribunal will address the backlog of cases in the system and deal with any new cases that may arise, while the reporting tool allows the Office for Inclusivity and Change to track cases through the UCT system, thereby increasing transparency, while allowing for anonymous reporting," explained a statement from the University.

This is part of the tangible action the UCT executive has taken in dealing with sexual and gender-based violence on campus and improving safety and security on campus.

"The university plans to provide staff and students with a sexual and gender-based violence toolkit, as well as a personal alarm device. UCT is also scaling up voluntary self-defence classes that were part of a pilot programme earlier this year."

A cross-institutional sexual and gender-based violence working group met earlier this week, and they identified four streams of work, focusing on dialogues on masculinity, dialogues on restorative justice, campus safety and community engagement.

The activities of these four streams will be capacitated and resourced over the coming months.