Fraud Charge Against Oudtshoorn Teacher For Self-Identifying As African Dropped

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The fraud charge against an Oudtshoorn teacher who was set to attend a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday for self-identifying as African has been withdrawn.

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) reportedly charged Snyman with fraud after they picked up that he had identified as African on his CV when applying for a principal’s position, but had allegedly indicated Coloured on other applications and documents.

A spokesperson for MEC Debbie Schäfer, Bronagh Hammond, says that they have since been made aware that Snyman identifies as African and has been fighting against race classifications for years.

The WCED has reviewed the case and made a decision that the case does not warrant further action. The department added that it has raised a number of concerns pertaining to race classification and identity that requires further discussion.

The department said that it will engage with Snyman to accurately record all personal details required.


  1. All people born in Africa are African, I agree that on job applications it should not refer to race but if you are African or not.

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