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Stellenbosch prof fired over ‘racist’ SMS

Johannesburg – Stellenbosch University said on Friday it had terminated its contract with a lecturer who admitted to sending an alleged racist SMS to a student earlier this month.

“The service contract between Stellenbosch University and Dr Anton Stander was terminated this week, after Dr Stander admitted of his own accord that he had made the said remarks,” the university said.

“Stellenbosch University reaffirms its total repugnance towards comments of this nature and affirms its stance to act decisively in each such case, irrespective of its origin.”

Stander asked the institution to mediate a meeting with Sikhulekile Duma in order to apologise to the student.

The institution welcomed Stander’s request and agreed to the mediation.

Duma, a sociology student and #OpenStellenbosch forum member, laid a complaint after receiving an SMS which read: “Jou swart moer van die wit boer”.

This loosely translates to “You black bastard from the white farmer”.

The number was traced to Stander.

Duma previously told City Press that members of the movement had received numerous threats.

This, he said, was the first one which members were able to trace to a possible source.

#OpenStellenbosch has spearheaded a number of protests and meetings surrounding transformation at the university in recent weeks. – News24


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