Stellenbosch Student Dissatisfied With Hearing Proceedings

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In the first semester of the 2022 academic year, the Stellenbosh University (SU) had made headlines for racism and rape allegations within its student community. One student who laid a complaint is not happy with how things are being handled by a panel appointed to investigate the matter.

 


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In May 2022, it was reported that Stellenbosch University student Theunus du Toit urinated on the property of fellow student, Babalo Ndwayana. The incident was confirmed to have taken place at the university’s student residences.

The university suspended du Toit and Ndwayana had also reported the matter to the police, and filed cases of housebreaking, malicious damage to property, and crimen injuria. 

An independent panel, led by a former ConCourt judge, Justice Sisi Khampepe, was appointed to investigate the allegations of racism that had surfaced at the university.

As this process has started, Ndwayana and his legal representatives aren’t pleased with how things were taking place at the Inquiry and this has led to them exiting the hearing.

In an interview, Ndwayana’s legal representative, Nomonde Gxilishe shared:

After determining that the hearing is not going to be impartial, we were instructed that he (Ndwayana) does not want to be part of the proceedings.

According to reports, Ndwayana’s legal representatives had informed the panel appointed by the university about this.

Theuns du Toit's lawyer, William Fullard, said final evidence was submitted on behalf of du Toit and they are now awaiting the verdict.

Stellenbosch University confirmed that it would release a statement once it had received a report from the disciplinary committee panel.


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