“Not only did the racist break in[to] his room and racially attacked him, but the racist also damaged his property (laptop), thus disadvantaging his studies. The racist hooligans violated his dignity thus violating his constitutional rights as a citizen of SA, but also his rights as a Stellenbosch University student. The student constitution is clear that every student has an inherent right to human dignity and a right to have their rights respected and protected.”
Sasco said anything short of expulsion and potential criminal charges would be regarded as an injustice.
“This racist criminal act deserves the highest punishment. If we are to have confidence that the university truly respects and protects the right of students, particularly the black marginalised students, we demand that the university and all relevant authorities ensure that justice prevails.”
Stellenbosch University senior director: student affairs Dr Choice Makhetha, said the Huis Marais residence management was made aware of the incident on Sunday, “whereafter they immediately reported it to the relevant university structures for urgent investigation”.
The residence management condemned the incident and took steps to manage the repercussions in the residence.
“It is important to note that the alleged perpetrating student was removed and is no longer residing in Huis Marais. Transformation and inclusivity are key priorities for house committees at all SU residences.
“The student affected is clearly still in shock after his very upsetting and painful ordeal. He is still trying to process what happened and was offered counselling. He will be supported as and when required to ensure his academic progress is not affected by the incident.
“The Huis Marais house committee is committed to transformation. Our quick and decisive response to the matter should demonstrate our commitment to all people of this country. They also called a house meeting to ensure that the whole house understands the situation and what needs to continue to change to prevent a repeat of any similar action,” Makhetha said.