Facebook post sparks campus race row

Afriforum’s youth branch at the North West University’s Potchefstroom Campus has laid a hate speech complaint against SA Students’ Congress (Sasco) campus chairman, Jason Mfusi.

Mfusi allegedly commented on his Facebook page that “a good farmer is a dead farmer,” Beeld reported.

Kiewiet Scheppel, spokesman for the university, said Afriforum had lodged the complaint with the campus’s human rights committee, and it was being investigated.

Afriforum said after receiving a complaint on Sunday, it had subsequently verified that Mfusi had commented on his social networking page: “My grandfather says ‘a good farmer is a dead farmer.”

Professor Herman van Schalkwyk, chancellor of the Potchefstroom campus, said the university expected everyone to respect the fundamental rights and values enshrined in the Constitution.

“The NWU’s human rights committee functions under the chairmanship of an independent legal expert and consists of 12 people who represent the university community... they don’t have the authority to take disciplinary action, but they may make recommendations to management about possible disciplinary steps,” Van Schalkwyk said.

Mfusi could not be reached for comment.

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