Maties transformation an 'incomplete, imperfect' journey

Rector Wim de Villiers is in Parliament answering questions in the wake of the 'Luister' documentary.

Stellenbosch University's management was called to an urgent meeting in Parliament to explain allegations of racism on campus. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Stellenbosch University's management has told members of Parliament (MPs) that transformation at the institution is an "incomplete, imperfect, but steadfast journey."

Rector Wim de Villiers and several members of his management team are meeting with Parliament's portfolio committee on higher education and training in the wake of the release of the documentary titled Luister.

The short film features student accounts of racism and discrimination at the historically white institution.

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De Villiers told MPs today that he had no problem with the critical nature of the Luister documentary, but it created the impression that management was not willing to listen to student concerns.

"Most recently we had a forum on 13 August where various student groups that made submissions attended a round table discussion. Open Stellenbosch chose not to participate."

On the contentious issue of the university's language policy, de Villers said the institution was multilingual.

"Because we believe that multilingualism is a competitive advantage in a diverse society."

#Luister Rector: Stellebosch is not an Afrikaans nor English university. It is multilingual. RE

Transformation advocacy group, Open Stellenbosch, which was involved in producing the documentary, says no one should be forced to learn in Afrikaans.

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Meanwhile, hundreds are gathered for Open Stellenbosch's march today.

#Luister Hundreds are gathered for Open Stellenbosch's march today. MM

Other universities, including members of the Rhodes Must Fall movement, are also in attendance to lend their support.

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The group is protesting to force the institution's council to review its language policy.