It is interesting to see how some members of the white community are preparing their responses to the horrific racist incident at the University of Stellenbosch, when a white student urinated on the books and things of a black student. “Not all whites …” was one of the predictable arguments that followed the outrage over what is actually a hate crime. Then there was the “boys will be boys” debate, which argued that such cases in educational institutions are commonplace, where pranks are not only common but also accepted. “But why the fuss – no one died” – this was one of the lines of logic, which threw up extra space …

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