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education90News24 reports that disciplinary action over possible fraud against a teacher who identified as African on a job application, when previous documentation had him identified as Coloured, has been withdrawn by the Western Cape Education Department.  

In a long-running matter, Greg Snyman faced a fraud investigation for identifying himself as African in an application for a school principal post when the Oudtshoorn teacher was listed in previous documentation as Coloured.  Department spokesperson Bronagh Hammond explained on Wednesday that national legislation required an employment equity score to be given to each candidate during the recruitment process.  This was based on race and gender in order to meet employment equity targets and that information was required on job application forms.  "Mr Snyman had identified himself as 'African' on his CV for this position, but had otherwise indicated 'Coloured' on other applications and documents," said Hammond.  The department was alerted to this discrepancy and Snyman was subsequently charged as this could be considered fraudulent.  Hammond went on to indicate:  "We have since been made aware that Mr Snyman identifies himself as 'African' and has been fighting the current government’s race classification system for a number of years.  This is extremely personal and sensitive.  While we believe that we must continue to redress the injustices of the past, we have reviewed the case and believe it does not warrant further action.  It has, however, raised a number of issues with regards to race classification and identity which will require deeper discussion and reflection."

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Jenni Evans at News24
  • Read too, Teacher charged over ‘African’ claims on CV picking up pieces of ’difficult journey’, at Cape Times

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