Stellenbosch University Expels Theuns Du Toit After Racism Incident

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After more than two months since a racism incident took place at the Huis Marais residence, Stellenbosch University has released the findings of its investigation. 

 


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Stellenbosch University has expelled Theuns Du Toit. This comes two months after Du Toit unlawfully entered the room of fellow student Babalo Ndwayana and urinated on Ndwayana’s belongings. Du Toit has five workdays to file a notice of appeal should he choose to.

The university set up an independent Central Disciplinary Committee (CDC) commission of inquiry into the incident. The commission was chaired by retired constitutional court judge Justice Sisi Khampepe.

During Ndwayana’s testimony, he said that Du Toit stated “it is a white boy thing” or a close variation. The CDC said the statement by Du Toit was incredibly humiliating, hurtful, and assailed the dignity of Ndwayana and everyone affected by the statement.

Accordingly, this CDC cannot conclude that this statement is anything but racist. It is purely racist. It assumes such dominion over another person – effectively portraying Mr Ndwayana and people of colour as the toilet for white men

The CDC requested Stellenbosch University to investigate the failures of student leaders in Huis Marais residence and work towards establishing meaningful Student Leadership development.

Stellenbosch University must also work to implement an alcohol policy that includes a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol and substance-induced transgressions which may infringe on the rights of other individuals.   

The Huis Marais residence were ordered to design and submit a suitable alcohol policy within six months. This policy must encourage responsible alcohol use and have a residential zero-tolerance policy for alcohol-induced transgressions that infringe on the rights of other people.

The university’s deputy vice-chancellor Professor Deresh Ramjugernath said that due process needed to be followed throughout the investigation of the incident.

The university’s management will be studying the details of the CDC’s findings and will take note of the sanction imposed. They reaffirmed their zero-tolerance approach to racism, discrimination, prejudice and conduct which imposes on the dignity of another person.  

 

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