Die Vlakte bursary: 'Maties has a long way to go...'

Die Vlakte bursaries are earmarked for victims of the forced removals in the 1960s under the Group Areas Act.

Stellenbosch University. Picture: www.sun.ac.za.

CAPE TOWN - A Stellenbosch community leader says Stellenbosch University has a long way to go to make up for the role it played in the forced removal of hundreds of people during apartheid.

Earlier this week, five students became the first recipients of the Die Vlakte bursary.

The bursaries are earmarked for victims of the forced removals in the 1960s under the Group Areas Act.

After the removals, the university appropriated the land.

Mogamat Ras from the Die Vlakte Community Forum says the university should look into helping the community get back some of the land.

"Even open land, which is just standing here; they can put up a restaurant to upgrade their lives again. Our community suffered from all those removals. They must understand."