STUDENTS at the College of the Arts (COTA) in Katutura say they are tired of continuously being sexually harassed by taxi drivers operating between Windhoek and Okahandja whose rank is across the street from their school.
A protest by the students in this regard is scheduled to take place next Monday. The students will also protest against sexual harassment by mechanics working at the old compound, just adjacent to the college.
A statement released by the Acting Head of Department for Media and Technology Studies at COTA, Williams Auchab said that the harassment of female students has been going on for years.
“The harassment is experienced when the students go or come from a nearby shop, when passing the Okahandja-Windhoek taxi rank as well as mechanics working at the old compound. The planned protest follows an engagement with the Namibian Police after a complaint was lodged against the daily harassment at the Katutura Police Station,” Auchab said.
She added that the students have been experiencing harassment for years and previous talks with the perpetrators have fallen on deaf ears.
Auchab said that students felt it is high time to engage the perpetrators in an effort to create awareness and bring about a change of attitude.