Stellenbosch University considering action against Le Roux

2015-09-14 22:03
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Johannesburg – Stellenbosch University is investigating whether to take disciplinary action against a council member who made anti-transformation comments.

Council had been advised to investigate the implications of and possible sanctions against Piet le Roux’s statements, it said in a statement on Monday.

Le Roux, the convener of the Afrikaanse Alumni-vereniging, tweeted on September 6: "Blade Nzimande en #transformanie gaan nie wen nie. Ondersteun die Afrikaanse Alumni-vereniging. [Blade Nzimande and transformation won’t win. Support the Afrikaanse Alumni Association]."

This was five days after the council appeared before Parliament’s education portfolio committee. Vice Chancellor Professor Wim de Villiers told MPs that racism was wrong and they would remain steadfast in efforts to transform the institution.

The council’s executive committee acknowledged Le Roux’s constitutional right to his own opinion, but distanced itself from his statements as these were contrary to the council’s official position.

The university’s management was committed to the "transformational journey" started by Prof Russel Botman.

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