Stellenbosch University hails meeting with Parliament

Professor Nico Koopman says the discussion with Parliamentarians was a positive development.

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 management says a meeting with Parliament's Higher Education Committee has encouraged it to press on with its current strategy towards transformation on campus.

Rector Wim de Villiers was called to appear before the committee after a documentary revealed alleged instances of racism at the institution.

De Villiers told the committee that management has been trying to fast-track transformation at the university but admitted it has been a difficult process.

The head of the newly instated transformation committee at Stellenbosch University says they felt the open discussion with Parliamentarians was a positive development.

Professor Nico Koopman says management is even more inspired to tackle issues of racism and exclusivity at the institution after the meeting.

"The committee really affirmed what we are doing regarding transformation and how we deal with language within that."

Meanwhile, Open Stellenbosch members are hoping the talks with parliament will lead to action from university management.

The group is demanding a public meeting with management as opposed to a closed door meeting between representatives.