Teacher cleared of fraud charges for identifying as African
Snyman had correspondence stating that he had committed a common law offence. The charges stem from 2017 when Snyman had applied for a Principal’s position. It is alleged that he identified himself as African in his CV. However, in various other documents he identified himself as coloured. The charges were brought by the Western Cape education department, but were dropped later.
The Western Cape MEC for education Debbie Schäfer was shocked to learn that her department was charging Snyman for fraud because of how he chose to identify himself.
“One of the many evils of apartheid was the classification of people by their so-called race. This was what many people have fought for to rid our country of,” Schäfer said.
Carvin H. Goldstone is a Durban based award winning international comedian, journalist and an influential member of the coloured community who believes that no coloured person would agree with how the department handled the situation.
“The term ‘colour’ was a label given to us by the oppressive Apartheid regime. There should be no such boxes which segregates people based on their skin colour”, said Goldstone.
He believes that government must relook at certain practices when it comes to race.
“Government must expand its understanding of Americanism. Change needs to happen as more and more people embrace their African heritage” concluded Goldstone.