... 21-year-old Precious Ramabulana died after being allegedly raped and stabbed 52 times in the early hours of Sunday morning. She was a DA student organisation activist and was studying Business Management at the Capricorn Technical and Vocational Education and
Training, Tvet, College, Ramakgopa Campus, Mokomene village in Limpopo. This is just a latest example of violent incidence which paints a picture of universities and Tvet colleges as increasingly brutal violent and unpleasant spaces to study and work.
The DA has called for a wide-ranging and comprehensive Ministerial Commission on Violence and Trauma on university and college campuses, following the escalating levels of violence across campuses which have reached crisis levels. In recent month, we have seen murders, rapes, suicides and violence at institutions of higher learning throughout the country. We need to prioritise safety at institutions of higher learning by implementing agent security reforms in student residences.
We need to accredit staff safe accommodation of campus where universities or Tvets have capacity to house students on campus and the political will to begin the process of constructing safer student residences.
Sithi kusapho lukaPrecious, akuhlanga lungehliyo. Lala ngoxolo ntokazi.
This happened at the start of 16 Days of Activism and it shows exactly why we should have 365 days of activism. [Applause.]