A video circulating online showed a white student named Huis Marais in South Africa urinating on the property of a black student at a male residence in Stellenbosch University.
The incident which played out during the early hours of Sunday was reported to the residence management that immediately informed the campus management.
The incident has sparked outrage, with many including the university labeling it as an act of racism.
Stellenbosch University senior director of student affairs, Choice Makhetha, said the perpetrator was removed from campus as investigation began and further action including expulsion and criminal charges may be taken, depending on the outcome of the investigation.
In a statement, Stellenbosch University spokesperson Martin Viljoen said that the university “strongly condemns the destructive, hurtful and racist incident.”
“It was not the K-word but something that borders around discrimination and possibly racism, depending on how you look at it. It was a matter of basically diminishing his human dignity, just looking down on a person”, Makhetha said.
Stellenbosch University said that the incident undermined “efforts made towards building inclusive student communities at the campus.
According to local media reports, the black student was sleeping and awoke when he heard that someone was in his room.
In the video he is heard asking the white student why he is urinating on his belongings, which included a now damaged laptop.
Scores of students protested at Stellenbosch University on Monday demanding swift action against the act, adding that, expelling the student involved in the racially driven incident is the only way to resolve this issue.
“Anything short of expulsion and potentially criminal charges would be regarded or as seen as an injustice, the racist criminal act deserves the highest punishment,” the South African Students Congress (SASCO) said.