Job Hunting Coloured Teacher Charged For Misrepresenting Identity On Cv
A Western Cape Teacher has been summoned to a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday after being accused of claiming to be “African” in his CV, instead of going with his “official” coloured identity.
Sometime in October 2017, Glen Snyman, a teacher at Grootkraal Primary School in Oudtshoorn, reportedly self-identified as African when applying for a principal’s job at another school. However, he didn’t get the job.
After three years, he was summoned for a disciplinary hearing. Snyman is an outspoken critic of race classification and founder of People Against Race Classification. He is particularly outspoken against the use of the term “coloured”, which he considers degrading.
Since 2010, Snyman has led a campaign against the government’s continued use of race categories — “black”, “coloured”, “Indian” and “White” — on official documentation, including job-application forms.
He also launched a petition which asked people to declare: “I don’t regard myself as a ‘Coloured’, ‘Black’, ‘Indian’, or ‘White’ person. I regard myself, first and foremost, as a South African.”
Snyman declined to comment this week, pointing out that his case was pending. However, according to TimesLIVE his Western Cape education department charge sheet, which 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.”
Provincial education department spokesperson Bronagh Hammond said the particulars of Snyman’s case were sub judice. However, she confirmed that the matter related to
“providing fraudulent information on a CV”.
She said Snyman had no previous record of misconduct. In terms of regulations, Snyman would need to request permission to change his race details on the provincial education department system.