Stellenbosch University VC cleared of allegations

In his report retired Judge Burton Fourie found there was no evidence of wrongdoing by De Villiers.
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The rector and vice-chancellor of Stellenbosch University, Professor Wim de Villiers has been cleared of alleged attempts to interfere in a Constitutional Court case related to the institution’s language policy.

In October the ConCourt ruled in favour of the university which opposed an application by Afrikaans language lobby group Gelyke Kanse to compel the institution to return to its 2014 language policy. Its 2016 language policy gave equal status to both English and Afrikaans as languages of instruction.

Professor Wim de Villiers was accused of trying to influence the language policy case by attempting to convince former Justice Edwin Cameron to accept a nomination to become the new chancellor of Stellenbosch University.

In his independent report retired Judge Burton Fourie found there was no evidence of wrongdoing by De Villiers.

De Villiers stressed that he acted in good faith.

The professor said it was his responsibility as head of the university to help find the best possible candidate for the position and he welcomed this finding as he welcomed the investigation.

Cameron would take up his new job next month.

More: TimesLive

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