The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said because black English has not yet been fully established, South African universities remain largely “untransformed”.
On Thursday the Commission launched a virulent anti-white tirade against universities who dare to admit white students. The SAHRC cited, without irony, verbal “racist attacks” against black students outside of universities to make their case.
“The [commission] remains deeply concerned about the lack of transformation taking place in South African society 20 years into its democratic dispensation. Even more concerning is the lack of transformation, and a spike in racist incidents, at institutions of higher learning,” commission spokesman Isaac Mangena said in a statement yesterday, on the first day of the hearing in Johannesburg.
Commissioner Lindiwe Mokate said that black students were largely the victims of racial incidents, with an increase in them being called an Arabic slur, namely kaffirs.
The “k-word” has featured in a number of “complaints” the commission received between April 2013 and February this year, making up 45% of the 529 equality complaints it received in that period.
This sole “grievance” is somewhat strange as many blacks refer to themselves as “niggers” or “kaffirs”. Most of these “complaints” do not stem from universities, but the SAHRC felt compelled to include them to make their case for black English.
The Commission clearly needed sorely missing “evidence” of a “wider problem of discrimination”, in order to blacken the last vestiges of paleness at higher education institutions where black students are still performing poorly.
The Department of Higher Education, a clearly partisan nonprofit organisation the Higher Education Transformation Network (HETN), the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and the North-West University made their submissions and were interrogated, Nazi-style, by the commission on Thursday.
Executive director of the Higher Education Transformation Network, Sethole Legoabe, told the commission that racism in higher education was “rampant”.
The HETN declined to divulge their funding when PRAAG contacted them.
The North-West University came under fire for the racial composition of its campuses.
Its Potchefstroom campus remains predominantly white (74%) and Afrikaans speaking, while its Mafikeng campus is predominantly black (97%).
Commission panellists ignored language differences, only focusing on race and English.
The university’s recently appointed vice-chancellor, Dan Kgwadi, explained that the university’s demographics were due to the predominance of Afrikaans at the Potchefstroom campus but promised that “strategic plans” are in place for attracting 30% black student population by 2020.
The SAHRC said the blackening and anglicisation in the university was a “human rights issue”, but given the ridiculous arguments in favour of black English, many now suspect that it is simply a convenient way of destroying Afrikaans institutions.