Stellenbosch University student Babalo Ndwayana, 20, trended on social media last week after a fellow student, Theuns du Toit, urinated on his belongings, including a laptop at the Huis Marais residence on May 15.
The incident sparked a racism and intercultural debate with many accusing the university of failing on transformation.
Du Toit has since been suspended by the university.
Ndwayana, a first-year student, has opened a case of malicious damage to property and crimen injuria against Du Toit.
Ndwayana, from Mdantsane’s NU 17, said he was happy to be home.
“It feels good to be back home and relax. The past few days have been so difficult for me. I really need my privacy now and to focus on the upcoming examinations. One of the reasons I wanted to come home was to have time to study in a peaceful environment.”
Ndwayana, whose return trip home was paid for by the university, said he was overwhelmed to see his family at the airport. “I am so emotional to finally see them.”
Kaduka, Ndwayana’s father, said: “It’s a relief seeing him come home after the incident. We appreciate that he will be with us for the next few days.
“It is great that he will be away from the unnecessary pressure created by this student.
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