Stellenbosch Uni students amplify calls for racism on campus to be abolished

A large group of students have made their way to the campus's Rooiplein, pledging their support for victims of racial discrimination at the campus.

Stellenbosch University students outside the Admin B Building, they earlier gave the university until Thursday to return with a message that the perpetrator has been expelled. Picture: Kevin Brandt/Eyewitness News.

STELLENBOSCH - Stellenbosch University students gathered Friday to amplify this past weeks calls for racism at the institution to be abolished.

A large group of students have made their way to the campus's Rooiplein, pledging their support for victims of racial discrimination at the campus.

They also want campus management to finalise a probe into a racial incident at residence Huis Marais, which catapulted the issue into the headlines.

Students say they're not only marching to address incidents that happened at the campus this week, but also in support of others who have suffered in silence in the past.

All the university's student representative bodies are participating in the demonstration to create a symbolic show of unity.

Student representative council chairperson Viwe Kobokana said: “What we can and will hold this institution accountable for is cultivating an environment that makes people like these perpetrators feel like what they did was okay, acceptable at SU and normal.”

A disciplinary process probing the incident where white student Theuns du Toit urinated on the personal belongings of black student Babalo Ndwayana is still ongoing.