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Maties accused of 'paying lip service' to transformation

University management extended an open invitation to a student activist group to discuss transformation.

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

CAPE TOWN - Management at Stellenbosch University has extended an open invitation to a student activist group to discuss transformation issues.

The institution's management was called to an urgent meeting with Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Higher Education on Tuesday, to respond to concerns about their language policy as well as allegations of racism on campus.

WATCH: Documentary on racism at Stellenbosch University.

The African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament says the National Legislature must flex its oversight muscle to enforce real change at Maties.

The ANC has accused the university's management of paying lip service to transformation given the situation on the ground.

The university revealed on Tuesday that 62.2 percent of students enrolled at the institution are white.

Academic staff are also overwhelmingly white, making up 73 percent.

Rector Wim de Villiers told Members of Parliament (MPs) that transformation was an incomplete, imperfect journey.

"But we are steadfast and committed to this journey."

On the contentious language policy, Vice-Rector Arnold Schoonwinkel says the plan is to increase the university's multilingual offering.

"With the aim of 75 percent by 2020."

The university has set up a task team to respond to student requests and demands.

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