#Luister: I am not denying that there are problems

Stellenbosch University's rector says they are investigating proposals to change its language policy.

FILE: Wim de Villiers addressed Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Tuesday. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Stellenbosch University Rector Wim de Villiers has told MPs the institution has decided to shift its language policy away from a stated preference for teaching and learning in Afrikaans.

Addressing Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Tuesday, he said council took the decision in November last year.

He says the policy is being implemented but there are problems.

"I am not denying that there are problems with implementation; task teams are investigating this. There is an open invitation to all to raise the problems; we are investigating the proposals of Open Stellenbosch, the SRC and others. "

De Villiers adds the institution is a multilingual university.

"In the end, as I have been alluded to, language is a complex and emotive issue given our history in South Africa and we need to handle it correctly."

The rector and his senior management team were called to an urgent meeting in parliament to respond to allegations of racism and discrimination contained in the documentary "Luister".

Open Stellenbosch, which was involved in producing the short film, says no student should be forced to learn in Afrikaans.