SAPTU’s reaction to the Khampepe Commission report on alleged racism at SU

SAPTU takes note of the Khampepe Report and will follow with interest the steps taken by Stellenbosch University to implement recommendations made.

Retired Constitutional Court Justice Sisi Khampepe led the Commission of enquiry into allegations of racism at the SU.

SAPTU is against discrimination and support progress by way of changes and transformation.

“Even though we are not against change, SAPTU as a Union will, however, in the interest of our members peruse all new policies, protocols and amendments to ensure that no new form of discrimination which accords with neither the Constitution of South Africa nor fair labour practise in terms of our Labour Laws will be implemented against the interests of our members,” says Adv Ben van der Walt, SAPTU General Secretary.

SAPTU is specifically interested in the specifications of the document that must be accepted and signed by lecturers such as: participation in training for all members of staff relating to discrimination and transformation; and participation in the training must be a component of all staff members performance evaluations.

As the above is compulsory – a recommendation by the report – and, if not accepted as such by SAPTU members then SAPTU will assist them in any disputes in the matter.

“We also request to be part of the creation of the Transformation Charter as we represent the significant interests of a substantial number of Employees in the workplace at Stellenbosch university and is therefore also a stakeholder to be included.”