NWU student: Racist attacked me

2014-09-09 10:00

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Mahikeng - A man has been arrested for assault after allegedly attacking a North West University student in an apparent racist incident at the weekend.

The student, Vincent Chuene, told eNCA he was “slapped, jabbed” and “hit with a wheel rack” by a white man during an event at the university’s Vaal campus at the weekend.

Chuene and another student claimed that a number of people had been attacked and were called “kaffirs”.

The university says although it was not responsible for the event, it views the incident in a serious light as it occurred on its campus.

Chuene says he will be filing a case with the SA Human Rights Commission.

NWU has been at the centre of a number of racist incidents in recent months.

Last month, AfriForum Youth said that pamphlets inciting violence against Afrikaners had been circulated, Sapa reported.

The pamphlet read: "Attention comrades. Time to take back the NWU. Kill the boer, Kill the racist, Kill Afrikaans. Uhuru anakuja [Freedom is coming]".    

And in March a task team was set up to investigate the stiff-arm Nazi-style salutes allegedly used during an initiation of first-year students at the Potchefstroom campus in February.

The SAHRC also noted last month that the racial composition of NWU’s campuses was “concerning” with its Potchefstroom campus still being predominantly white (74%), The Times reported. Its Mafikeng campus is almost entirely black at 97%.

Vice-chancellor, Dan Kgwadi, said the institution had put in place a target of attaining a 30% black population by 2020.

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