A Western Cape Teacher has been summoned to a disciplinary hearing after he identified as “African” on his CV, instead of going 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.
Despite not getting the job, the Western Cape Education Department late last month summoned him to a disciplinary hearing.
TimesLIVE shared Snyman’s charge sheet form the Western Cape education department, which reads:
“You 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.”
Snyman is an outright critic of race classification and founder of an organisation called People Against Race Classification.
He is particularly outspoken against the use of the term coloured, which he considers degrading.
For ten years, Snyman has led a campaign against government’s continued use of race categories – Black, Coloured, Indian and White – on official documentation, including job-application forms.