Court rules in favour of white bursaries

2012-09-29 13:30

Johannesburg - The Supreme Court of Appeal ruled it was within someone's right give bursaries to only white students, according to a report on Saturday.

The ruling came after Daphne de Villiers from Stellenbosch in her last will and testament determined that the trustees of the Jean Pierre de Villiers Trust, which she created, must allocate R250 000 yearly to white students at four universities for certain degrees, Beeld reported.

These were the universities of Stellenbosch, Pretoria, the Free State and Cape Town.

Five appeal court judges found on Friday that it would not help to apply in court for the bursary to go to pupils of another race as it was not the person's last wishes.

De Villiers was warned before her death that this might be problematic but she was insistent, according to the report.

After her death all four universities refused to become involved with the bursaries due to the racial connotation.

The administrators approached the court to remove the word 'white' on grounds of discrimination.

It was ruled that if white students could not benefit from the bursaries that the money should go to a charity as De Villiers stipulated.

  • chrisnsally.rose - 2012-09-29 13:35

    well, thank goodness for that

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-29 13:44

      Too true. At last a white kid gets a chance, as well as someone's dying wish is adhered to!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-29 13:52

      Its a pity it has come to this. If everyone got a fair chance it would not be necessary for people to do this. This however will lead to many more doing the same thing and in the long run the racist policies of government will actually hurt black scholars and students.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-09-29 13:57

      Themba, that is true... And it applies to all sides of the spectrum.

      nicholas.graan - 2012-09-29 14:02

      Well why not? after all universities in SA today are allow to bar entrance to white students because of their race, why shouldn't it work the other way around?

      mark.richardson.3914207 - 2012-09-29 14:03

      Why is this a issue, after all the Oprah Winfrey school is not based on fairness or pure open academic ability , its based on colour , now thats racist. But yet nobody says anything , makes one think ,

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-09-29 14:08

      "All four universities refused to become involved with the bursaries due to the racial connotation." So why then don't these universities refuse government bursaries? - 2012-09-29 14:44

      White students with top marks are often denied entry into varsity, while their black counterparts who barely passed are allowed. A while back there was a big debate about this problem... overall in SA people dont get jobs, leadership positions etc. based on merits but on favoritism of colour.

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-29 15:18

      Unbelievable that people who are now favoured by the government through BBE and the like want to get their hands on a minority's will beneficiaries while at the same time wanting to deprive the minority's of bursaries for which the minority's most probably paid more than their fair share in taxes in the first place. Its nothing but Government sponsored greed.

      sudhir.hira - 2012-09-29 15:20

      @Themba.thwala.98 The truth is there is no non-racial builidng happening even with the current goverment and business institutions. We are south african indian and our parents were disavantaged too, but they ensure they made us go to university. And now when its time for my wife to find a job, as pyschologist with her masters degrees, the companies she applies to, govermental or business, they tell her they are specifically looking for black south africans. Now if you can please point out me if there is any non-racial buliding going on.? It specifically says in our constitution there should be no racial descrimination, but do you think the government or companies care following the constitution? NO I DONT THINK SO. If thats not apartheid, tell me what it is? So dont tell us about non-racial building. When we are being treated like this, why should we care about giving money to those who dont care about our rights. Cause and effect my friend. But you know, what our parents never thought us to beg and expect things for nothing unlike every third person in SA. We will survive. We did it during the old apartheid and we will survive under this new apartheid.

      dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-09-29 15:28

      @stalingcina, do you now see what happens when you lower the standard of education !! You stay doff !!

      jack.blacking.56 - 2012-09-29 15:30

      @themba.thwala.98 : Why bring race into the picture??? If i decide to donate to whites only, who is to say this is not allowed?? If my whole family was murder by a green person, can i not make the personal decision when i die to donate my savings to a purple person? where is the freedom in your argument? Who is the government to decide what i do, with my own things???

      makenawn - 2012-09-29 16:30

      Why are we having this debate,it was the wish of the deceased.,Case closed ladies and gentlemen

      pj.egolie - 2012-09-29 17:38

      And so help me god it was HER will not that of the uni's

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-09-29 19:06

      We should all follow this ladys example that way we can make sure that our children will have a education in life. Cause this anc goverment will only take care of thiere own so we need to take care of our own and secure our childrens futures. Thumbs up for this lady.

  • arnold.niemand.5 - 2012-09-29 13:41

    "The administrators approached the court to remove the word 'white' on grounds of discrimination" if "the word" was black, it would have been ok?

      carla.vittori3 - 2012-09-29 14:48

      @Themba - actually I think you will find that the courst can do just that when the use is illegasl, contros bonos mores or contrary to public policy. This time the court just found that the provisions of the will were perfectly acceptable.

      crab.spotter - 2012-09-29 19:44

      @thembathwala98 - you see, things are not as simple as the way you may think; not just black and white as you may think. Thank goodness, sometimes sanity prevails in the new SA

  • fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-09-29 13:41

    Well guys - if this the only way to give bursaries to white kids - the precident have now been created. Fantatstic

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-29 14:08

      Omonaija: How do you arrive at that conclusion when-whites are utrned down daily for jobs because they dont fit the BEE profile?Or rhe fact that when the poorest whites are given housing by the state,there is always a big uproar? There is no such thing as born frees in this country. The whole "aparheid" system has just been reversed onto whites and given fancy names and excuses!! WHEN ALL in this country are treated equally then there would be no need for such action as that taken by the person in this article!

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-09-29 14:16

      OMO, until the government removes legislated inequality like BEE and affirmative action, then you can expect to see things like in this article

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-29 14:29

      Omonaija: NoI read your comments/s. Like the on where you call the people who are glad that this will stands,BIGOTS. This is not anymore a question of two wrongs dont make a right-its down to the whites of this country trying to ensure their survival!!!!

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-09-29 14:44

      @omonaija - I get where you are comming from, but if if it was left to the Government etc. No white children who deserves a chance to go to varsity will ever be given that chance. That is why it is quite common in the white part of our country for parents to create study trusts at their children's birth to allow them to go and study one day in the far future. But some of the parents cant afford this so to have someone create a trust that will cater for deserving, but financialy strained white kids to get bursaries is a blessing for those parents. If this is not done whole generations of kids will be kept from tertiary education because they are born to a minority that was running the show close to 20 years ago. And be honest - Bursaries very rarely go to white kids these days

      JamesMWood - 2012-09-29 18:05

      @ omo, you seem to think you are the only educated person in the debate, now I personally agree with what this lady has set out in her will and while other on this forum may lack the correct use of the vernacular, I do not. Racism is alive and well in this country thanks primarily to government and their policies which discriminate against non black in such a way that it has become near impossible to have any opportunity in this country. Until this comes to an end, re bee and aa etc, things will progressively get worse. Now bear in mind, before saying that whites should just leave, the majority of the minority do not have the financial means or education for them to be worth being accepted by a foreign country to do just that.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-29 13:47

    Are they kidding??? So its ok for bursaries to be goven to black students-thats not racial? Its a will,therefore it must be executed in the way requested! Why could the universities involved be grateful that needy students with talent will actually have a shot at being something. BEE is just as racist yet we have to tolerate that!!!!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-09-29 13:50

    At last a court ruling in favour of the white minority in this country. We need to do of this for the white children in the country.

  • ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-09-29 14:00

    seriously what is the problem. its not like blacks don't get enough unfair opportunities based on race through legislated inequality like affirmative action. so what if a couple of whites benefitted here

  • Mike Peach - 2012-09-29 14:00

    Leka,bee is two wrongs trying to make one right,is anc for whites with all its racial policies?

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-29 14:02

    BRAVO!!! One is master of your own last will and testament and up the politically correct idiots that contributes nothing to society and life other than a useless flowery language dictate.

      larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-29 16:26

      I posted a comment which only states that "At last some justice" and it was deleted? Methinkks News 24 is getting a little too quick with the finger?

  • Mike Peach - 2012-09-29 14:02

    Omo you need washing powder boet!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-09-29 14:35

      It only washes twice white?????

  • The-Azanian - 2012-09-29 14:09

    Its her money lets put our nose out of her last wish...may her soul democratically rest in peace. It is painful that companies, government and individuals chose to poison the future of South Africa while students in universities are trying by all means to interact across language and racial boundaries with each other. A company by the name of Exxaro that i'm contracted to selects students based on needyness and perfomance/willingness balance. And in Pretoria where it is based there lots of poor white/black students which it targets. Its companies like these and NFSAS that deserve a space in the future of SA. I think in future there should be a non-profitable, non-governmental body that hands out all donor funds to qualifying students.

  • Johannes Bothma - 2012-09-29 14:10

    There are also poor white people who wants 2 study. This was a private entity who wanted 2 help! Her money, her wish & goodwill!

  • Annelize Buitendach-Roesch - 2012-09-29 14:16

    Interesting ruling. Why was it necessary to take it to Court when it was the last and legal Will of a person? Its called Freedom of Choice! Please climb off your racist horses!

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-29 15:00

      Confirmation that those who are running the universities concerned do not have grey matter where it should be

  • gerry.wakko - 2012-09-29 14:20

    Nothing wrong with those wishes Oprah opened a school only for people of colour! Why cant we look after out own race! No one else cares!

      FinalJustice - 2012-09-29 14:39

      Now put that in your pipe and smoke it!

      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-29 14:50

      Interesting - wonder what would happen if a non-black kid applied for access to Oprah's school - gets rejected - and the matter goes to the Constitutional Court . . . .

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-09-29 14:22

    Madame Daphne is right to give her money to white students. Through companies CSI, previously disadvantaged students will be taken care of.

  • norman.bigdawg - 2012-09-29 14:24

    wow, the court decision is right. The will of the death should not be altered. And the decision of the universities not to be alliened with racial activies also make sense.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-09-29 14:30

    What i know is that we all didn't chose who we are and our backgrounds...believe me if we had a choice then the openheimers, lakshmis, motsepes' families would have been congested by now. In other countries rich people give bursaries to needy academic deserving students.

      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-29 14:45

      In other countries access to bursaries is given on merit - not racial quotas . . . . .

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-09-29 14:33

    ww was nt doing anything wrong too.

  • CapeTownRob - 2012-09-29 14:42

    This is no more right or wrong than other legislated forms of racial discrimination. I'd personally prefer there to be no racial discrimination allowed.

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-29 14:46

    Lol vimbai stop bitching.

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-29 14:47

    Winile. Use ur God given common sense. Open ur eyes and read. Its not about racism. Its about choice.

  • lazarus.masilela - 2012-09-29 14:48

    I wish this rich black people can start to realise the importance of giving.Selfishness and greed is what drives black people back.Difference can be substantial if people like Motsepe,Ramaphosa could give bursaries to deserving students.

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-09-29 14:51

      exactly - well said

      jacqueline.engelbrecht.54 - 2012-09-29 15:57

      Finally! Someone who looks at the whole picture and not just a few words in the article! Well said Lazarus!

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-29 14:52

    Lazarus. Well said. I fully agree with u.

  • Savethe White O - 2012-09-29 14:52

    Wow typical ------ mentality

      IcemanGP - 2012-09-29 14:59

      Wow temba, ... Jealous stupidity.

      Savethe White O - 2012-09-29 15:04

      Themba return to the bush jungu mungu

      arthur.hugh - 2012-09-29 16:05

      You're both idiots.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-29 17:42

      Hugh, did we ask for your opinion? I don't think so. So stay out of this, and mind your own business neh

      arne.verhoef - 2012-09-29 19:32

      themba, typical entitled ignorant, arrogant scum. Ignorant arrogance is the worst form of the human condition. Youre commenting on a public forum, where you give your opinion[albeit a terribly non-sensical one], but then feel others arent allowed. Hugh hit the nail on the head if you ask me.

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-29 15:02

    This boy lol

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-09-29 15:13

    Daphne De Villiers chose to leave her money to white females, It would have been nice for her to have left it to the highest achievers, but she didn't. Accept this and stop berating each other. You are causing a lot of hurt.

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-29 15:21

    So please dont complain if a white business owner doesnt employ u cos ur not qualified. Cos ur not xperienced enuf. Blame ur government. Cos i sincerely wudnt employ i either. As for AA. Sorry i wil always be against it cos u cant employ somebody if he or she isnt good enuf.

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-09-29 17:43

      @themba the Boeremag? Hahahaha just like your people to divert stuff with things that have not context

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-09-29 19:59

      @themba I too have a good sense of smell, and the forums are stinking up with your two faced, holy than thou attitude, fact is "dude" the lucky white kids to receive that burst won't have the futures stolen from them because of coward little pr**** like you who expect things for free and screw the rest because you eat up all the propaganda the soviets and Americans fed your Xhosa brothers and sisters.... It's funny that most of the older generation of your people preferred the apartheid times than now.... One thing you can take away from all this is , no matter what two faced rubbish you have to say, those lucky kids won't get screwed

  • zamani.myende - 2012-09-29 15:29

    Nice 1 Nice 1! A Robinhood decision: STEAL FROM DA RICH AND GIVE TO DA POOR!

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-09-29 17:40

      If that would be the case your black brother would be getting the scholarship

  • frederikrudolph.vandyk - 2012-09-29 15:33

    Dis nie reg nie. Two wrongs dont make a right. Remove ALL race-based systems in SA!

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-29 15:46

    Lol typical of the anc and ancyl fools play race card cos its so easy to steer away ur guilt to somebody else. Accept it when u mess up instead of blaming apartheid for ur own stupidity.

      ntoagaeodirile.ntoagae - 2012-09-29 16:08

      this has nothing to do with ANC or ANCYL, you prove to be the stupid one, stick to the topic, you racist fool

  • Makri Singh - 2012-09-29 15:47

    as much as i disagree with the late Mrs, and should have left it simply to humanity, it is however her LAST WILL, it should nontheless be respected.

  • hanno.loubser - 2012-09-29 15:49

    More than 80% of ALL bursaries goes to black, coloured and Indian students. The bursaries actually state that persons of previously disadvantaged back-rounds should apply. Why make such a big fuss about this? I didn't get a bursary, I worked extra hours to pay for my studies. Whoever wrote this article could've been a bit more discreet.

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-09-29 17:37

      @ntoa so how did your leader get a university degree? Racist piece of cr*p

  • joe.blogs.98837399 - 2012-09-29 15:53

    Let's start a university for students discriminated against by Affirmative Action.

  • joe.blogs.98837399 - 2012-09-29 15:55

    So everything in this country is in favour of back people, now some person wishes to help her own kind out and it is an issue. REJECT ALL RACE BASED POLICIES IN SA

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-29 17:18

      What happened to the “don't buy @woolies campaign” :)

  • Tebogo Thape - 2012-09-29 16:11

    i am all for equality. as much as this article could cause racial spats between blacks and whites, we should all fight for equality because this country belongs to all of us. I am a born free, never experienced apartheid and i see people equal never the less their skin colour. as a young generation of this country we should not let our past rule us and rather focus on the present.

  • sudhir.hira - 2012-09-29 16:28

    @themba.thwala.98 Unfortnately I can't afford a good lawyer to fight rights I should automatically have by birthright as a SA citizen. We are too busy trying to survive by trying find a needle in a haystack job, If everything was done NON RACIALLY and without people trying to earn whats not theirs (corruption etc), south africa, would be the best country in the world. But look at all these polarise comments and the state the country is in, this wont happen for another 60 years and thats being hopeful

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-29 16:42

      Sadhir go to the Human Rights Commission then. They can help you to put together a case and take it with you to the equality court. If only people understood the legislation and were brave enough to challenge, we could get far. About the polarised comments here, people are generally civil outside of news24. I don't the people here are representative of our general society. I take the comments here with a pinch of salt

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-09-29 16:39

    I for one don't see a problem with this.

  • wiebrand.herbershausen - 2012-09-29 16:43

    If the will stated that only black kids can benefit, would the universities also have said something?

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-29 16:45

      Let me look at my crystal ball and come back to you :)

      nkala.popo - 2012-09-29 17:17

      stupid question

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-09-29 20:06

      They would have kept quiet - easy

  • amelia.basson - 2012-09-29 17:33

    Media24 as usual inciting racism with play on words? The artcle headline should have read: COURT RULES IN FAVOUR OF DECEASED's WILL!

  • masupa.tsela - 2012-09-29 17:42

    Good white man! Where Saki Macozoma; Cyril Ramaphosa; Patrice Motsepe etc? These BEE billionaires got to start to do something for a black child before it's late.\r\nKeep it up up Mr Deceased!

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-09-29 20:07

      Good question

  • chris.booise - 2012-09-29 18:03

    Nothing wrong with this, it shouldn't even have landed up in court.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-29 19:48

    Toby I have received your message, but have not been able to respond. Gratias :)

  • nicky.saaiman.1 - 2012-09-29 19:48

    And if oprah winfrey open n school for blacks nothing wrong. If there is a thousand schools with only blacks it is right. But n white school is a sin and a afrikaans school is racist.

  • anele.mveku - 2012-09-29 19:48

    If other busuries can specify that t be given to black students why cnt the same thing be done for Whites?. Nothing wrong here but I hve a feeling the testor was racist. As for News24 ur headline is misleading.

  • eugene.muller.7 - 2012-09-29 19:53

    Is that all you can ramble about? I am almost feeling sorry for you. Your life must really be miserable being so angry all the time. Hope things work out for you...

  • eugene.muller.7 - 2012-09-29 19:55

    You have all the opportunity, just embrace it, work is the only way.

  • Bfoq.Za - 2012-09-29 20:14

    No BEE or AA here... Cudos to the court!

  • Neal Sing - 2012-09-29 21:31

    Its not fair.I want a brown bursary only for CHAAROUS

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