While giving their response to the outcomes of the ongoing controversial incident that occurred between Stellenbosch University students, the South African Union of Students (SAUS) has said that they are shocked by the racially charged incident.
We recently learned with dismay the racist attack on a black student at Stellenbosch University. The brutal and gruesome attack was characterized by a popular and well-established modus operandi often used by white supremacists and criminals of urinating on black people, their belongings, and their personal spaces.
SAUS President, Yandisa Ndzoyiya further stated that they are angered by what they have deemed a racial attack against the affected student, adding that the incident was perpetrated in an effort to undermine the dignity of black people in the country.
The incident in question sparked a nationwide public-outcry when video footage of a white student, Theuns du Toit, urinating inside the room and on the desk of a black student, Babalo Ndwayana surfaced online and went viral.
Following this, Ndwayana reported housebreaking, malicious property damage, and crimen injuria to Stellenbosch police on Tuesday.
Furthermore, it was reported that Anke Spies, an SU student and anti-racism activist, started a change.org petition that quickly gathered over 100 000 signatures. More than 150 000 South Africans signed a petition calling for the expulsion of the first-year law student, Du Toit.
In addition to the alleged racist incident, Stellenbosch University is receiving widespread condemnation. Similar allegations have surfaced, in which a woman who had been working for the university since 2017 told reporters that she had also been subjected to systematic racial discrimination, further alleging that prior to her recent dismissal by the university, she was being paid less than her predecessor.