Hitler comments ‘disgusting’

2015-04-29 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Wits University SRC president Mcebo Dlamini is unapologetic about his comment that he loved German dictator Adolf Hitler despite an outcry from the ­Jewish community on campus.

Dlamini, who initially praised ­Hitler on his Facebook page last week, said Hitler only started killing people once he had got into power.

But his time as a student leader could be numbered with Wits ­vice-chancellor Professor Adam ­Habib having now referred the matter for further investigation and a ­possible disciplinary hearing.

Dlamini accused “the Jews” of ­behaving like Hitler in their dealings with the Palestinian territories.

He also wrote that all white people had “an element of Adolf Hitler”.

“I’ve deciding to look at the good Hitler stood for. He rebuilt the country, the economy, the infrastructure, he uplifted the spirit of Germany.”

But the SA Union of Jewish ­Students is not accepting Dlamini’s explanation.

“It’s absolutely disgusting that in light of the recent xenophobic attacks … he [Dlamini] turns around and starts marginalising certain groups which is counter to what our government is pushing and Africans [as a whole],” said SAUJS national ­chairperson Natan Pollack, adding the comment, which was posted on Facebook, was anti-sematic and ­unconstitutional. He said they will write to the university leadership.

Dlamini then retorted to the claim of being reported and said: “This is hypocritical, they are showing their true colours. They are the minority but they want to recall a democratically elected president.”

Habib said Dlamini’s Facebook posts and subsequent comments were “racist and offensive in the extreme”.

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