A graphic tape exposing four Africa University students leaked and went viral a few hours after it was recorded last week. The act of online debauchery has taken Mutare by storm, in yet another worst form of cultural decadence and irresponsible behaviour that has possessed most youths in Zimbabwe.
While the media and various HIV and Aids organisations are preaching the gospel of abstinence, practising safer séx and sticking to one séxual partner as ways of keeping away from the pandemic and other séxually transmitted diseases, the quartet – who were couples – were recorded having unprotected séx in a hostel at the university.They took turns to film each other.
The first tape which is two hours, 25 minutes long, stars a couple only identified as Ano and Charles, who are second year and final year students respectively.
The second tape, which was recorded just after Ano and Charles’ séxual romp, features an unidentified couple.
It is two hours, 21 minutes long.
The student who recorded it was actually one of the “main actors” in the explicit séx tape and he reportedly used a laptop’s webcam to record their expedition. Ano and Charles were also seemingly aware of the recording as they strategically positioned themselves on a bed.
The lad on the second encounter also re-positions the laptop before he undresses.
The quartet were reportedly suspended as soon as the university officials got hold of the tape and were on Tuesday set to attend a hearing over the mischief.
The Weekender could not establish, however, if they were expelled from the university by the time the paper went to bed.
One student from the university, a friend of one of the actors, said it was unlikely that they would escape the chop considering that having séx encounters within the university campus was prohibited.
“What they did was wrong and they will definitely be expelled. No doubt about that. Yes, we are all impish and can do anything like that but outside the college premises. They disgraced us and brought the name of our university into disrepute. We blame all the offenders and they should face their music. I am sure their parents will be heartbroken,” he said.
Another student who requested anonymity said the séx tape was possibly going to force the varsity officials to “scrap” the traditional and famous “Happy Hour” where male and female college students mix and mingle from 5pm to 7pm.
“We just hope the Happy Hour will not be scrapped. But that séx tape is not news, séx in varsities is rampant. It is also now a public secret that youths indulge in pre-marital séx and sometimes multiple séxual partners. I think it is now more important for people to conscientise each other about how to prevent ourselves from contracting diseases like STIs, HIV and Aids, not to abstain from séx,” she said.
Deputy Manicaland provincial police spokesman Assistant Inspector Luxson Chananda said there was no criminal case about recording each other, but the Censorship and Entertainment Act was the prohibitive Act which makes it an offence to possess porn0graphic material.
“We have not received any report concerning that issue, but it should be noted, however, that possessing porn0graphic material is a jailable offence,” he said.
Students and Youth Working on Reproductive Health Action Team Manicaland provincial assistant co-ordinator Leo Munyonho said they were doing their best to promote responsible behaviour amongst students in tertiary institutions.
“Abstinence remains the safest method that protects someone from STIs, HIV and Aids as well as unwanted pregnancies. And for those who cannot abstain, they should have protected séxual intercourse. We, however, acknowledge that students are now adults and constantly engage in séxual activities.
“We have been visiting various tertiary institutions as a way of contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, particularly on preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS and promoting a holistic approach to SRHR in line with principles agreed at the International Conference on Population and Development,” said Munyonho.