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solplaatjieuniversityDiamond Fields Advertiser reports that the Kimberley police are investigating a case of sexual assault after a lecturer at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) accused a senior academic of touching his genitals.  

While neither the university nor the police were willing to go into the specifics of the incident, it is apparently alleged by the married, male complainant that the academic, who is the head of one of the schools at the university, touched him inappropriately during a visit to his office on 27 August.  This resulted in criminal charges being opened after the complainant reported the matter to the police last Tuesday.  A police spokesperson confirmed that a criminal investigation was under way, but was unwilling to divulge any further information.  SPU Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Yunus Ballim, said that management at the university was aware of the allegations of sexual misconduct as these had already been subject to an internal investigation.  “We are now at a stage where the two parties have agreed to a process for further assessment of the allegations,” he indicated.  He added that the first two meetings of this process had had to be postponed because the complainant was off ill and under medical care.

  • Read this report by Murray Swart in full at IOL News


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