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04 May 2015 16:42
Dlamini, the student leader who claimed he admired Adolf Hitler, has laughed
off a decision by Wits vice-chancellor Adam Habib to remove him as president of the SRC.
said Habib’s decision showed he had “succumbed to pressure from the white
wrote to students on Monday, saying he was changing his decision that Dlamini
remain in office pending the outcome of an appeal against a previous guilty
was found guilty earlier this year of misconduct by a disciplinary panel and
was banned from campus for a year.
That sentence was however suspended.
‘Element of Hitler in every white person’
He then posted on Facebook last week that: “I love Adolf Hitler ... There is an element of
Hitler in every white person.”
subsequently defended his comments to a number of media houses and refused to
“If white people can say
they love [apartheid-era prime minister DF] Malan, [prime minister BJ] Vorster,
[Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu and Jan van Riebeeck, then I should
also be allowed to say I love Hitler,” Dlamini reportedly said.
said in a statement on Monday that his decision that Dlamini step down was
in relation to a separate matter of misconduct and was not related to his “admiration for the fascist leader, Adolf Hitler, and what I believe to be
racist comments regarding whites”.
“I would also like to make it categorically clear that I believe
that these comments violate the fundamental values of Wits University and that
Mr Dlamini has brought our institution into disrepute,” Habib noted.
said only Wits students could decide his fate.
did not put myself in office. I was voted there by masses of students,” he
Habib said as someone who claimed to love Wits, “I
believe that Mr Dlamini has single-handedly wrought more damage on its
reputation than any other person who I can think of in at least the last two
Habib said that the decision to remove Dlamini as student
leader had been a difficult one.
“Even if one is elected by popular vote, one’s behaviour
must be in accordance with the values of the collective,” he said.
said Habib’s decision proved his weakness.
see a powerless man. A man who contradicts himself,” he said.
said that he felt for black students at Wits.
Acting SRC president Shaeela Kala said the SRC will meet and
plan a way forward.
“We will make a decision and vote on it within the next 10
days,” she said.
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