Stellies to present transformation plan in Parliament

The Higher Education Portfolio Committee has invited university officials to Parliament on Tuesday.

The Higher Education Portfolio Committee has invited university officials to Parliament on Tuesday. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Stellenbosch University is expected to present its transformation plan to Parliament this week.

A documentary titled Luister has caught the attention of Parliamentarians.

The video gives accounts of alleged racism and victimisation from students at Stellenbosch.

Some students in the video expressed frustrations with the university's language policy.

The Higher Education Portfolio Committee has invited university officials to Parliament on Tuesday.

They were summoned to appear before the Portfolio Committee after political parties called for a probe into the matter.

Chairperson of the committee, Yvonne Phosa, met with the institution's activists on Friday to discuss their grievances.

"Challenge in the main is language."

Phosa said relayed accounts of racism and victimisation and when the committee meets on Tuesday with the university management, they expect to hear how transformation is being pursued.

The university's Martin Viljoen said, "The university management has welcomed the invitation from the committee to engage on transformation."

On Friday, the S tellenbosch University Senate passed a motion in support of transformation at the institution.

This decision came as the university is in the spotlight, with claims of lack of transformation mainly by student group, Open Stellenbosch.

FF+ OPPOSES LANGUAGE CHANGE

The Freedom Front Plus (FF+) said a change in the language policy at Stellenbosch University would be unconstitutional.

The FF+ Pieter Mulder said university management should not change Afrikaans as the main medium of instruction.

"Article 29 of the Constitution says it's possible to have a university and you study in your mother tongue. We've got 38 university campuses at this stage, 36 of them are predominately English already."