Stellenbosch students cleared following 'blackface' incident
Stellenbosch University will provide support to two students who were at the centre of the incident.
CAPE TOWN - Stellenbosch University says an investigation into two of its students, involved in an alleged "black-face" incident, has found they had no intention of black-facing.
They were temporarily suspended from the Heemstede Residence last week after photos showing them in what appears to be a black-face costume caused outrage.
In an apology on Facebook, one of the students explained that the costume featured purple paint and meant no offense.
Stellenbosch University's Martin Viljoen says the Equality Unity agreed with the students.
It was not meant to cause harm to any student or staff member at the university. There was a perception possibly enhanced by the impact of social media that this was a black-face incident, but according to the recommendation this was not the case.
Viljoen adds the university's rector Wim de Villiers regrets the trauma to the students and others affected.
Management realises that it has been a difficult time for the two students, the university will continue to support them as they are reintegrated into their residence.