CPUT students claim they were asked for sexual favours in return for resident placement

By Chanice Jennike - 11 September 2019Views : 680

A number of students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) have alleged that they have been asked for sexual favours in return for resident placement. 

Current and former students came forward and claimed that they were asked for sexual favours by staff members. 

Nkululeko Mangweni, who used to be an SRC chair at CPUT, recently asked women on social media to come forward with their stories. 

Mangweni then compiled a report of ten women who came forward and sent it to CPUT Vice-Chancellor Chris Nhlapo, News24 reported. 

"What moved me most was seeing Facebook updates from former and current students. This is a not a new issue," he said, explaining his decision to spearhead the matter," he said. "During registration, you have first years who are vulnerable and know nothing about Cape Town. They don't have a place to stay until the registration process is done."

Mangweni, who now works in Parliament, said that he hopes the university takes action before he felt it was necessary to report the issue to Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Higher Education. 

CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kansley said that the university is aware of the claims made on social media but said that no "form of an official complaint" had been reported.