26 January 2016
Dear colleagues and students
Following our communication over the weekend highlighting deeply concerning incidents of crime around the Rhodes Memorial area, we are disturbed to inform you that another incident occurred on Monday afternoon.
A woman was assisted by members of the SAPS and CPS after being found injured on Rhodes Avenue. It is our understanding that the assailant assaulted her and attempted to rape her near Mostert's Mill, resulting in serious injury.
Although the woman who was attacked is not a University of Cape Town student or staff member, we are deeply concerned as the incident took place near our campus.
CPS and the South African Police Services have provided support to the woman, including ensuring that she was taken to hospital where she received medical attention and other support.
A joint operation was conducted on Monday afternoon by the SAPS, SANParks and CPS. It is our understanding that three people have been detained for questioning.
The UCT Vice-Chancellor, Dr Max Price, and representatives from the Department of Student Affairs and CPS visited the area at 11h00 this morning. The university will work with all stakeholders to ensure that criminal activities are dealt with in the Rhodes Memorial area and that safety and security in the vicinity is restored.
It is deeply concerning that yesterday's incident brings to three the number of attacks on woman in the Rhodes Memorial area: on 11 December 2015, 11 January 2016 (it was initially reported as having occurred on 19 January) and on 25 January 2016.
We reiterate our reminder to all within our campus community to be vigilant around the Rhodes Memorial area in particular and if at all possible to avoid the area.
The safety and security checklist can be viewed on the UCT website.
Any suspicious activities on campus should be reported to the security office immediately by calling Campus Protection Services on 021 650 2222/3. We recommend you store this number on your speed dial.