Maties students embroiled in another 'blackface' incident
In 2014, the institution had a similar incident involving two male students.
CAPE TOWN - Stellenbosch University is investigating two of its students after they attended a residence party smeared in what appears to be black paint.
A photo of the women - most of their bodies covered in the paint - has been circulating on social media and has caused outrage.
Every year we must "teach" you that racism is wrong? That blackface is unacceptable? Every single year?— Ottilia Anna M (@MaS1banda) February 5, 2016
You can't say you don't know blackface is offensive after last year happened. Please.— Cease-ter Bettina (@BadvocateK) February 5, 2016
The recent black face incident happened because Stellenbosch didn't do anything about the last one. I tire.— Babes Wodumiso (@ImKhweziN) February 5, 2016
In 2014, the institution had a similar incident in which two male students attended a birthday party in blackface and dressed as tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams.
In that incident, the university did not take disciplinary action against the students.
Stellenbosch University's Martin Viljoen says management was alerted to the recent incident this morning.
"The university is acting swiftly in the matter and a case has been registered with the Equality unit, a recently established unit on campus to deal with all forms of unfair discrimination and sexual harassment."
One of the students has taken to Facebook to apologise for the offense caused by incident.
The university's SRC is calling for harsh punishment against the two women.
The student body's James De Villiers has condemned the incident.
"We find it extremely upsetting that this incident would take place nearly a year and a half after the last incident took place at this university. We call on the university to have strong and harsh action against the members involved and we also ask that the Centre for Student Communities to review the placement of the students involved."