South Africa: Another South African university rocked by racism

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just weeks after a statue of Cecil John Rhodes, an ardent believer in British colonialism and founder of the southern African territory of Rhodesia, was toppled at the University of Cape Town, another university in the Western Cape province has become embroiled in racial tensions.

This was after white lecturer at the prestigious Stellenbosch University allegedly sent a racist text message to a black student.

The university on Tuesday confirmed that Dr. Anton Stander, a nuclear physics lecturer, has been suspended after a racism complaint was laid by sociology student, Sikhulekile Duma, who last week received a message saying “Jou swart moer” (“You black bastard”).

The cell phone number has allegedly been traced to the lecturer who now faces formal disciplinary procedures. It is unclear what led to the altercation.

Just last month, a new movement was launched to tackle “institutionalised racism” at the university. Open Stellenbosch (OS) - a group of students, staff and faculty workers from the university - has highlighted racial exclusion and the university’s language policy.

OS spokesman Lwazi Pakade said the current language excludes many students by promoting the Afrikaans language as a medium of instruction.

Several South African universities are grappling with race-related tensions amid concerns that they are lagging with race transformations.
-0- PANA CU/VAO 5May2015

05 Maio 2015 13:47:11

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