It took over 10 hours for a member of staff at Stellenbosch University to be told that a white student, Theuns du Toit, had urinated on Babalwa Ndwayana’s desk and belongings.
This was revealed in a 23-page judgment from the central disciplinary committee (CDC) of Stellenbosch University which ruled that Du Toit must be expelled. The judgment also ruled that the incident was racially motivated and that there were unhealthy cultures in Stellenbosch residences.
In the judgment, the CDC said there was a “failure in leadership” at male student residence Huis Marais.
“Painfully, the matter took just shy of 10 hours before it was reported to a member of staff — Dr. Groenewald, the residence head. The video of the incident, which the Huis Marais Prim had, was only delivered to Dr. Groenewald at 16:02 — 11-and-a-half-hours after the incident,” read the judgment.
“Why it took the student leadership of Huis Marais so long to report this incident correctly, we can only speculate. And in light of evidence produced by Dr. Groenewald in the hearing, this CDC is inclined to speculate that the delay is undoubtedly linked to the residence’s culture of secrecy and poor leadership.”