MUT launches Black Thursday against GBV

Students showing support for the campaign against the GBV

MUT took a stand against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) last year; and the university continues to encourage its staff and students to play their part in preventing the scourge of GBV and bringing perpetrators to the book.

On Thursday, 13 February, MUT launched its Black Thursday against GBV campaign for staff and students. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness within the university community, arming the community with information and encouraging victims of abuse to come forward and report incidences of abuse. The university community will be reminded to wear all black on Thursdays and meet at Anniversary Lane from 12h00-13h00 to participate on the programme of the day.

The first session focused on providing information about GBV, the logistics of reporting and the kind of evidence that the police would require. Internally, staff and students were encouraged to contact/visit the Protection Services to report cases. Participants also took pledges to prevent and report GBV.

The Campaign comes at a time when the murder trial of slain MUT student, Zolile Khumalo, is due to resume in the Durban Magistrate Court on Monday, 2 March 2020. The Campaign is part of the University’s continuous efforts to play its part in the fight against GBV. Last year, the MUT Senate endorsed a stand by the University against GBV and xenophobia.