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unisaThe Star reports that allegations of racial tension at the University of SA (Unisa) have prompted the urgent intervention of the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).  

The commission said it received a request to intervene and deal with the allegations and added that it was of particular concern that two decades into the constitutional democratic dispensation, the nation was still grappling with challenges of racism and racial tension, even at its institutions of higher learning.  Meanwhile, trade union Solidarity accused Unisa of failing to protect its employees against racism.  Deputy general secretary Johan Botha said that in January 2016, a law lecturer made the headlines when he poured his heart out against whites in a Facebook post.  But Unisa only gave the lecturer a “serious warning” 10 months later, according to Botha.  Unisa spokesperson Martin Ramotshela said the university was aware of the matter relating to racial tensions, which were at the College of Law.  It had initiated the necessary interventions to address the challenge.  Those included invoking the necessary internal investigative processes of the university, complemented by enlisting the assistance of the SAHRC to deal with relevant aspects.  Once all investigations were completed, the university would ensure that recommendations emanating from them were implemented without fail.


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