Ramaano Ramokgopa, a former University of Cape Town (UCT) student has won a damages claim against Siphelele Nxumaloa, the woman who wrongfully added his name to a widely-circulated UCT rapists list.
A list that was created in response to the rape and murder of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana by a Post Office employee in August 2019. The list with his name on it was read out at a memorial service for Uyinene Mrwetyana in September 2019 and again on the anniversary of her death.
The woman, Siphelele Nxumalo who put the student’s name on the widely-circulated list must now pay R300 000 in damages and his medical bills – Nxumalo was also ordered to apologise to Ramokgopa as well as pay for his legal costs.
A psychologist, Dr Glada Del Fabbro, testified that Ramokgopa showed signs of having post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as depression and anxiety which directly relates to the incident.
Ramokgopa has been ostracised as a result of his name being on the rapist list. He had to stop attending lectures and eventually left the university.