Rector faces no-confidence vote over language furore

A motion of no confidence is expected to be tabled against Stellenbosch University Rector and Vice-Chancellor Professor Wim de Villiers after the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) released its findings about complaints that students at the university were being prevented from communicating in Afrikaans, writes Marvin Charles for News24.

On Wednesday 15 March, the SAHRC found the university violated the rights of Afrikaans-speaking students when it was said they could only speak English in certain residences during their welcoming period. The release of the report comes after political parties, the Democratic Alliance and Freedom Front Plus, laid a complaint with the SAHRC in March 2021.

DA constituency head for Stellenbosch, Dr Leon Schreiber, who is a member of the Stellenbosch University council, announced he would, at the next council meeting, table an urgent motion for the removal of De Villiers. “This will be done in terms of paragraph 42 (3) of the SU statute over the serious violations of the law as confirmed by the SAHRC, as well as the serious misconduct exhibited through his failure to address or even acknowledge these violations,” he said.
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