Maties council member may face sanctions after tweet

An executive committee is investigating after Piet le Roux posted anti-transformation remarks.

The Stellenbosch University Council will investigate sanctions against one of its members over an anti-transformation tweet.  . Picture: iWitness.

CAPE TOWN - The Stellenbosch University Council has been advised to investigate possible sanctions against one of its members over an anti-transformation tweet.

The Council's Executive Committee has distanced itself from Piet le Roux's remarks and has recommended the 30-member body investigate.

Le Roux, the Convener of the Afrikaanse Alumni-vereniging, tweeted that Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande and transformation wouldn't win. In the same tweet he urged support for the Afrikaanse Alumni-vereniging.

Blade Nzimande en #transformanie gaan nie wen nie. Ondersteun die nuwe Afrikaanse Alumni-vereniging @afrikaansealum http://t.co/5acvBD9NyL

He posted the comment last week, several days after Stellenbosch University management met with Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training following allegations of racism at the institution.

Executive Committee member, George du Toit, says le Roux's remarks go against council's official position.

"There's no doubt that we're absolutely resolute about transformation at the university as this plan was discussed at council. This is an official council policy."

Du Toit says the matter is likely to be on council's agenda when it meets at the end of the month.