Media Invite: SAHRC to host National Hearing on Transformation at Universities in South Africa
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ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters
30 July 2014
The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) is concerned about lack of transformation at Universities. The Commission will host a national hearing to look at a systemic issue behind transformation challenges.
The decision to embark on a national hearing follows circumstances around racial incidences at various universities which suggest a need to relook at transformation issues.
Recently, two white students allegedly drove over a black student as he was walking on the pavement and later beat him at the University of the Free State (UFS) and also the so-called “Reitz 4” racist video saga, which occurred at the same institution in 2008, wherein the SAHRC played a significant role in contributing towards the reconciliation process between the parties involved.
In 2012, the Commission received a complaint from the Department of the Higher Education Transformation Network (HETN) regarding the death of Mr Thabang Mokhoang, who died during an orientation programme at the North West University (NWU). The SAHRC notes that a subsequent investigation into the incident concluded that Mr Mokhoang’s death was an accident and that all proper precautions were in place to ensure that the events forming part of the orientation programme occurred safely. However, the SAHRC was further requested by the DHET to determine what role discrimination on the basis of race and language played in Mr Makhoang’s death.
The Hearing is the first of a series that will include a variety of stakeholders including the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), Vice Chancellors, Student Representatives, and organisations representing both academic and non-academic staff.
NB: This is a closed session but the media is invited for a briefing.
Venue: SAHRC Head Office, Braampark Offices, Forum III
Address: 33 Hoofd Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Date: 31 July 2014
The hearings will be held as follows:
Dates: 31 July – 01 August 2014
Dates for the second series will be communicated at a later stage
For more information contact:
Alucia Sekgathume on firstname.lastname@example.org, 011 877 3627 or 0826892364