Oudtshoorn Teacher To Face Disciplinary Hearing After Self-Identifying As African

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A teacher at a primary school in Oudtshoorn, Glen Snyman, has reportedly been summoned to a disciplinary hearing by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) for self-identifying as African instead of the “official” Coloured on his application for a principal position three years ago.

Snyman is the founder of People Against Race Classification (PARC) a group that describes themselves as a civil rights activists group with the aim of ending all forms of race classification and encourage nonracialism.

On its website the PARC group encourages their followers or members to tick the “Black African” block on forms that require racial classification, it says, “As a protest against race classification criteria, we ask you to tick the “Black African” block on all forms that require it. By doing this the government cannot determine whom to benefit and whom to discriminate against. If we keep the status quo whereby each and everyone fills in his or her particular race block, nothing will change!”.

TimesLIVE reported that the charge sheet by the WCED stated that Snyman committed fraud by saying he was an African male when records show that he is a Coloured male. The WCED says that he gained an advantage to being shortlisted for the position.

Provincial Education MEC Debbie Schäfer has apparently urgently requested all information regarding this case be brought to her.