Western Cape education minister Debbie Schäfer has been accused of race baiting after tweeting misleading information about an apparent rejection of 2020 matric top achiever Michiel Kühn by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) faculty of health sciences (FHS).
Kühn was one of the Western Cape’s top achievers in the Class of 2020.
In a tweeter post Schafer wrote: “What exactly does it take to be ‘competitive’?” with an accompanying screenshot of an e-mail from the university which stated: “We have thoroughly assessed your submitted results in the context of the 2021 cohort of applications, [and] we regret to inform you that we are not able to make you an offer for 2021, as your application is not competitive…”
In response to the matter UCT said they were aware of claims that were made of an applicant who had not been accepted into their medical faculty.
The University said Kühn had received an offer from the university on February 23 but had rejected it.
UCT spokesman Elijah Moholola said Kühn indicated that he had accepted an offer to study at another university.
The Good party’s Brett Herron, accused Schäfer of “race-baiting” and “fueling fake outrage”.
“Dear @DebbieSchafer & (another user), you played the race card. The outstanding matriculant couldn’t get into @UCT_news med school because he’s white. Meanwhile the guy was offered a place based on his merit. So did he give you false info? Or you ran with something you didn’t check?” Herron tweeted.