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‘Jou swart m*!r’ Maties lecturer suspended

Doctor Anton Stander, a nuclear physics lecturer, allegedly sent an SMS to student Sikhulekile Duma.

FILE: Students gather at Stellenbosch University during an open dialogue to discuss issues of inclusion and exclusion on 15 April 2015. Picture: iWitness.

CAPE TOWN -A University of Stellenbosch lecturer has been suspended on Monday following allegations of racism.

Reports this weekend said Doctor Anton Stander, a nuclear physics lecturer, sent an SMS to sociology student and Open Stellenbosch Forum's Sikhulekile Duma reading, "Jou swart moer van die wit boer".

Loosely transcribed, the message means: "You black bastard from a white farmer," according to the City Press.

Duma then traced the anonymous SMS using Facebook.

Stellenbosch University spokesperson Martin Viljoen says the academic has been temporarily relieved of his duties while an investigation is underway.

"Such behaviour is unacceptable and not aligned with the university's values."

Viljoen says the institution views the incident in a very serious light.

The student who laid the complaint was notified about the developments, Viljoen added.

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