Kadalie Quits 'Racist' Stellenbosch University

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ACADEMIC Rhoda Kadalie has resigned from the Stellenbosch University council because she said it was racist in its appointment of a new dean of the Faculty of Military Science, chosen by a two-thirds majority.

Kadalie refused to identify the losing candidate, but Die Burger identified him as a Dr Baker, attached to a US military academy. The incumbent Samuel Tshehla was the acting dean.

The university has stood by his appointment, saying it was "subject to a thorough selection and appointment process within the formal structures of Stellenbosch University".

Kadalie told the Cape Times yesterday the lesser qualified of the two applicants had been appointed because he was black. Kadalie resigned from the council after a meeting on Monday night where it was announced Tshehla would be appointed dean for the Faculty of Military Science.

Paul Cluver, chairman of the university council, said 16 applications had been received for the post, and four candidates had been shortlisted by the joint appointments committee of council after thorough consideration of all the relevant factors.

"The Faculty Board had eliminated two candidates and submitted a final list of two candidates - with Dr Tshehla as the preferred candidate - to senate for consideration."

He said the senate had decided in favour of Tshehla by an overwhelming majority after considering both the final candidates' achievements. …