Teacher faces fraud charges after referring to himself as African

Teacher faces fraud charges after referring to himself as African

- A Western Cape teacher is facing a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday after claiming to be 'African' on his CV

- Glen Snyman says he identifies as such and finds his 'official' coloured identity degrading

- Nearly three years after unsuccessfully applying for a position Snyman is now in hot water over the claim

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Glen Snyman, a Western Cape teacher, is facing a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday over race identity.

Snyman had claimed to be 'African' on his CV for a post in 2017, insisting that his 'official' colour identity is degrading.

Despite not getting the job in question his current employer has now brought him to task over the application.

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Snyman is an advocate for moving away from race classification. Image: People Against Race Classification/ Facebook
Source: UGC

Snyman is a critic of race classification and even went as far as founding People Against Race Classification to lobby support for his cause.

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TimesLIVE reports that Snyman finds the term 'coloured' offensive and detailed how he has led a campaign against the government's race categories, black, Coloured, Indian and white on official forms.

A line from his campaign reads that citizens identify simply as South African and not any given race:

“I don’t regard myself as a ‘Coloured’, ‘Black’, ‘Indian’, or ‘White’ person. I regard myself, first and foremost, as a South African.”

SowetanLIVE managed to obtain his charge sheet relating to the incident, reporting that it reads:

: “You committed a common law offence, to wit fraud, by stating on your CV when applying for the principal post at Fezekile Secondary School that you are an African male, whereas in truth your records indicate that you are a coloured male and by doing so gain an advantage for purposes of being shortlisted.”

A provincial education spokesperson explained that, while the case is currently sub judice, the matter relates to 'providing fraudulent information on a CV'. Snyman has no previous records of misconduct.

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Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Sindiswa Gomba's troubles only seem to be deepening with the University of Fort Hare weighing in on her qualification scandal on Tuesday.

The university confirmed that Gomba's registration for an honours degree had indeed been irregular.

This comes after the alarm was raised after it emerged that Gomba was allowed to register for three academic years despite not meeting the criteria for the qualification due to a lack of a junior degree.

These allegations were detailed in a Sunday Times report with the university committing to investigate how this incident had happened, saying that Gomba was registered from 2013 to 2015:

“Her admission to the BAdmin (Honours) programme in 2013 was irregular as it was not preceded by the submission and approval of a portfolio of evidence (POE) as part of the recognition of prior learning (RPL) process."
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Source: Briefly.co.za

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