KZN university probes racial comments

2012-02-17 22:19

Durban - The University of KwaZulu-Natal's Westville campus is probing racial comments posted on its facebook page earlier this week, spokesperson Nomonde Mbadi said on Friday.

"All matters in this regard are currently under investigation. The university's internal disciplinary processes will be applied," she said.

The Times reported that a facebook post on Wednesday said: "Indians will never understand us blacks because we are raced [sic] differently. We are born to kill that why tomorrow we will wipe out all the Indians on campus.

"Don't come, otherwise you will go straight to heaven."

Another posting on Friday read: "Blacks are stupid and want everything for free."

A third one called for Indians and whites to be killed.

The comments have since been removed from the university's Facebook page.

Mbadi said: "We are extremely disappointed that at this point in our democracy young students, who are the future leaders of our country, are engaging in racial slander on the social media network."

Students at the university protested on Monday and Tuesday because they wanted funding to be made available to more than 1 000 students.

They also wanted the university to provide housing for more students.

The students went on a rampage on Tuesday after being told about a court interdict against the protests of the past weeks.

Police spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge said students barricaded roads with burning tyres and rocks, preventing vehicles from coming entering or leaving the institution.

Four students were arrested for malicious damage to property and three students were injured.

Mbadi said the protests were not about racial prejudices.

"The university prides itself as a diverse institution of higher learning where different cultures are welcomed and celebrated."

  • Arvin - 2012-02-17 23:34

    Surprisingly there are no comments on this article. Makes one wonder what the future hold s for SA.

  • Blip - 2012-02-18 01:42

    So, if they're "probing" it appears they're looking to find the "right" sort of people to hang the blame on.

      Seja - 2012-02-18 08:40

      If they're "probing" it means they're trying to determine if those responsible for the facebook comments are in fact registered students of that university - only then will it be possible to take action against them.

      dexter.sagar - 2012-03-05 07:49

      This is for Seja, but since News24 doesn't have a reply button on their comment... If they aren't students... I suspect the first comment mentioned in the article, I've seen the screen capture of it, probably not a student. Though it should still be looked up by the police ANYWAY.

  • Jacqui - 2012-02-18 11:51

    I'm glad the slanging match has been canned. The students on the campus are turning to mob violence to solve their problems. I hope all these racist students are brought to book and dealt with in the strongest possible way.

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-02-18 21:24

    The racist comments are a lifestyle, they want to live like that and will never change, look at Africa.

      lsmkhwanaz - 2012-02-24 12:33

      Who is 'they?'

  • ArchAngel - 2012-02-20 10:36

    "We are extremely disappointed that at this point in our democracy young students, who are the future leaders of our country, are engaging in??" They are future leaders?? Engaging in exactly what they see their elders doing when they don't get their way, LOOT, BURN, PILLAGE etc. Not long before you see your politicians doing the same .... Oh, wait, they have been looting and pillaging since 1994 .. I wonder when the burning will start?

  • lsmkhwanaz - 2012-02-24 12:35

    "They" how nice!

  • dexter.sagar - 2012-03-05 07:47

    This is what happens when there is no integration of the multiple cultures in our country. We develop this idea that everyone must try and subscribe to our culture because it is dominant/majority/western/civilized. Last year I was told that by one of my fellow students that interracial relationships was like a lion mating with a housecat, that it shouldn't happen. I'm ashamed of my fellow students about the way they acted throughout the strike, whether it was at Westville campus or Facebook. There must be alternatives that don't resort to violence and racist comments that would get the students' desires fulfilled.

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