Besieged Stellenbosch University appoints inquiry into racism

Stellenbosch University’s establishment of an independent commission of inquiry into allegations of racism to be headed by retired Justice Sisi Khampepe has been welcomed by one of the institution’s black female ex-employees who resigned citing entrenched and institutionalised racism after being undermined by a white contractor. She asked to remain anonymous, writes Odwa Mkentane for the Cape Times.

The setting up of the inquiry comes after white student, Theuns du Toit, was filmed peeing on fellow student Babalo Ndwayana’s study material and when asked about his action replied: “It’s a white boy thing”.

Justice Khampepe will make recommendations to the rector to assist Stellenbosch University in improving its culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. The commission will consider recent incidents of racism, the one at Huis Marais and the Faculty of Law’s Law Dance, the current state of diversity, equity and inclusion within the university campus culture.
Full report on the IOL site