‘Hate’ fliers stir up DUT elections

2010-09-22 00:00

THE Student Representative Council (SRC) elections being held at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) have been characterised by mudslinging and hate speech.

The dominant SA Students’ Congress (Sasco) is alleged to have been tearing down posters of the Democratic Alliance Students’ Organisation (Daso) at Indumiso and Riverside campuses in the city.

Yesterday The Witness was shown fliers — allegedly circulated by Sasco members — that Daso view as tantamount to hate speech and inciting violence.

They show pictures of the late SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani’s body after he was killed.

Another picture shows a white police officer attacking a young black man, while another shows white police officers standing on top of a Casspir.

Under Hani’s picture, the text reads: “… But still some of us are taking it back to the Boers, why are we still voting for them? Is this what we want to experience again? What would Chris Hani say if he could find out that, after he had sacrificed his life for us to have a better future, we are still voting for the enemies? Why are we voting for Daso? Why are we taking it back to the Boers?”

Daso chairperson Scelo Luthuli said they feel the elections have not been free and fair, but have not complained to the DUT management, which they believe is biased.

The Democratic Alliance caucus leader in the KZN legislature, John Steenhuisen, said they are appalled by the racial hatred promoted by Sasco.

He said all parties at the campus should unequivocally reject the posters and what they stand for.

“We will seek legal advice from our attorney and we will engage the SAHRC [South African Human Rights Commission] on this,” said Steenhuisen.

Outgoing SRC president Sipho Mdliva admitted seeing the fliers, but denied they were circulated by Sasco.

He would not comment further on the fliers, but said posters of all the existing organisations at the institution were damaged by unknown people, adding that Daso is trying to popularise itself.

DUT spokesperson Bhekani Dlamini said the allegations will be investigated.

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