An online petition started by Anke Spies called for Du Toit’s expulsion for the “racially motivated attack”.
“This action is a blatant violation of the victim’s human rights, as protected by the constitution. Du Toit has been suspended from the university, but this is not a justified consequence for his actions. He has violated another student’s human dignity and needs to be removed from the university,” the petition states.
The petition was launched on the online petition platform Change.org on Monday and had 86,340 signatures by 9.15am on Wednesday.
Venite Clayton, who signed the petition, said: “I’m signing because you can’t have a university with the motto ‘moving forward together’ and then allow someone like this within your walls.”
“I don’t condone dehumanisation,” wrote Sinethemba Mbele from Durban.
Johannesburg’s Tanz Claassen said: “This type of behaviour does not belong in any society, let alone an academic and learning and development space.”
Song request leads to racial slur
On Tuesday, Stellenbosch University’s Juridical Society (JV/S) said during the past week it was made aware of two separate events involving law students that need to be publicly addressed.
“The JV/S is appalled at the incident which took place at the law dance last Thursday. The student affected was made to feel humiliated when another law student allegedly verbally abused her.
“It involved the request by an Indian student that an Indian song be played. Upon this request, a white law student allegedly made abhorrent racist and defamatory comments that are offensive and degrading.