North West University acts on Facebook racists

Seven students at North West University (NWU) will face disciplinary action over a racist group that surfaced on the Facebook social network site recently.

NWU spokesperson Phumzile Mmope said on Monday that this followed an investigation into the alleged involvement of students registered at the Potchefstroom Campus of the NWU as members of the group.

The Facebook group, “Ek laaik nie ‘n houtkop nie, sou what”, also contained other racially abusive words and comments posted by members.

The group apparently also posted a photograph of a white man holding a gun while posing over the trophy of a young black boy lying on the ground.

Mmope said the seven students, of 13 students initially identified, would be charged for contravening a section of the university’s statute.

“The students will be charged because their conduct was detrimental or could have been detrimental to the good name, order, discipline or performance of the work of the university or any part of the university.”

She said it was expected that the disciplinary hearings of the students would be finalised by the end of October.

It was also decided that due to the approaching exams, none of the students would be suspended pending the finalisation of the process.—Sapa

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