No New Developments On Racism Incident At Stellenbosch University

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It has been almost two months since a white Stellenbosch University student urinated on the belongings of a black student. Despite the promise of swift action, the university has not yet provided updates on the outcomes of its independent inquiry into the incident.

 


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After Theuns Du Toit urinated on the belongings of Babalo Ndwayana, Stellenbosch University released a statement condemning the actions of the perpetrator. The university subsequently suspended Du Toit, however, student unions wanted him expelled.

The university also ordered an independent commission of inquiry into the allegations of racism which would be chaired by retired constitution court judge Justice Sisi Khampepe. The commission of inquiry took place in June.

Stellenbosch University has not yet made the findings of the commission public. They added that there are no new updates or developments from the university that they wish to communicate to the public at this point.

Ndwayana also opened a criminal case against Du Toit for criminal injuria and malicious damage to property with the South African Police Service (SAPS). His legal representatives say they were unimpressed with the feedback provided to the police on the incident.

Nomonde Gxilishe explained that the police informed them that the matter was referred to the prosecution to decide whether to arrest Du Toit or not.

Gxilishe said, “We were not very impressed with that feedback from the police station because obviously there's evidence that has been provided, they are in possession of all the material that was urinated on, they know the identity of the accused and probably know where he is and so we were not impressed at all with the feedback”.

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