Stellenbosch: Rector’s Afrikaans comment triggers stand-off

2015-05-13 16:11
Students protest outside Stellenbosch University. (Twitter)

Students protest outside Stellenbosch University. (Twitter)

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Management at Stellenbosch University have shut their doors and called on campus security to guard the administration building as angry students gathered outside demanding answers. 

Members of transformation-seeking group Open Stellenbosch hosted a mass meeting this afternoon that turned into a march to the outside area of the admin building where management is housed. 

The meeting was held to hand over a memorandum “of demands with respect to language” to the newly inaugurated rector Professor Wim de Villiers. 

They say they are calling on the vice-rector of learning and teaching, Professor Arnold Schoonwinkel to retract remarks he made in the student parliament last week. 

Addressing the parliament on the issue of the language policy and the alienating culture of the university towards black students, Schoonwinkel said: “I just want to know, really did you think you would come to Stellenbosch and not hear Afrikaans?” 

The group’s Twitter account stated that they would not leave until Schoonwinkel came out and apologised for his “hurtful comments”. 

Last week City Press reported on a lecturer who had been threatened with disciplinary action for her part in the “radical” group.

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