[lg policy] South Africa: Stellenbosch University to answer to Parliament

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Thu Aug 27 17:54:10 UTC 2015

Stellenbosch University to answer to Parliament

CAPE TOWN - Stellenbosch University is coming under the microscope, with
management now required to appear before Parliament.

This follows accusations by students of the institution's reluctance to
deal with claims of sexual assault and racism.

A group of students has released a documentary, titled "Luister
deals with life on campus. They claim they're being victimised on a regular

The group -- 'Open Stellenbosch
-- was formed earlier this year, as calls for transformation at tertiary
institutions around the country intensified.

Among its lists of demands was for the university to change its Afrikaans
language policy
because it alienated black staff and students.

Open Stellenbosch says it has received a hostile reception at the
university, but has intensified its campaign, unperturbed.

It released "Luister" this past weekend. In the 35-minute
documentary, black students open up about their experiences at the

The film has garnered more than 100,000 views on Youtube.

The university says the documentary is a misrepresentation, but says it
remains committed to addressing issues of transformation.

** Watch the video report by Bibi-Aisha Wadvalla as she captured the action
at a march against sexual abuse on Maties campus.   Also above is a
recording of a live studio interview with Director at Media Justice,
Gillian Schutte about racial discrimination.*


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