Fraud charges against a Western Cape teacher who classified himself as African on his CV have been dropped.
Glen Snyman, a teacher at the Grootkraal Primary School in Oudtshoorn, allegedly self-identified as African when applying for a principal’s job at another school in October 2017.
He was due to appear for a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday 14 October, however, just before attending the session, the matter was withdrawn.
Western Cape MEC for Education Debbie Schäfer said she only learned on Wednesday that the teacher was charged with fraud.
Adding that she was shocked to discover that her department was charging someone because of how they choose to classify themselves.
“One of the many evils of apartheid was the classification of people by their so-called race. This was what many people have fought to rid our country of. So, I am understandably shocked to discover that my department is apparently charging someone because of how they choose to classify themselves. If this is in fact the case, it is anathema to me.
And we will not tolerate victimization of people who do not conform to an artificial and arbitrary classification of who they are deemed to be,” Schäfer said in a statement.
Snyman is an outright critic of race classification and founder of an organization called People Against Race Classification.
Since 2010, Snyman 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.