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Stellenbosch in hot water over ‘language ban’ incident

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University voices “steadfast commitment” to multilingualism after report finds it violated human rights

Stellenbosch University rector and vice-chancellor Wim de Villiers is under increasing pressure following the publication of a report that found the university had violated the human rights of students who were told not to speak Afrikaans.

Representatives from two political parties approached the South African Human Rights Commission following incidents in 2021 where residence leaders at the university required all students to speak English during the welcome period.

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