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westerncapeTimesLIVE reports that a Western Cape teacher has been summoned to a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday for claiming to be “African” in his CV, instead of sticking with his “official” coloured identity.  

Glen Snyman, a teacher at Grootkraal Primary School in Oudtshoorn, allegedly self-identified as African when applying for a principal's job at another school in October 2017.  He failed to get the job.  Almost three years later, he was summoned last month to a disciplinary hearing.  Snyman is an outspoken critic of race classification and founder of People Against Race Classification.  Since 2010, he has led a campaign against the government’s continued use of race categories — “black”, “coloured”, “Indian” and “White” — on official documentation, including job-application forms.  The Western Cape education department’s charge sheet reads:  “You (Snyman) committed a common law offence, to wit fraud, by stating on your CV when applying for the principal post at Fezekile Secondary School that you are an African male, whereas in truth your records indicate that you are a coloured male and by doing so gain an advantage for purposes of being shortlisted.”  In terms of regulations, Snyman would need to request permission to change his race details on the provincial education department system, together with evidence that supported the requested change.  It is unclear what type of evidence would be needed to determine race classification.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Bobby Jordan at TimesLIVE

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