Student president kicked out, but not for praising Nazis

Followers of may recall our recent coverage of the student government president at Wits (Witwatersrand) University, South Africa who publicly praised Hitler. In the latest twist he has been removed from office, but over a separate matter, according to university’s vice chancellor.

Mcebo Dlamini, who made further headlines over the weekend after a graphic appeared on his Facebook page comparing the Israeli government to the Nazi regime, was ousted Monday from his post with the Students’ Representative Council at Wits.

“In every white person there is an element of Hitler,” he had written.

The university’s vice chancellor and principal, Adam Habib, explained in an email to students that Dlamini was removed following an allegation he had assaulted a senior staff member, as well as being involved in verbal altercations. The misconduct allegations against him were found proven by a disciplinary panel in February and cited as the cause for his removal.

Habib did condemn the comments, saying they were “deeply offensive,” “racist to the extreme” and as having “violated the fundamental values of Wits.”

Dlamini said Habib removed him from office because he had given in to pressure from “Zionists,” South Africa’s Eyewitness News reported. He also claimed that rich donors had influenced Habib.

The student leader had earlier told the Wits newspaper Vuvuzela, “What I love about Hitler is his charisma and his capabilities to organize people. We need more leaders of such caliber.”

In trying to defend his Facebook remarks, Dlamini said he was looking at “Hitler’s good side. Hitler managed to uplift the spirit of the German people.”

The university said Dlamini had caused more damage to its reputation than anyone else in the past 20 years.

Natan Pollack, the national chairman of the South African Union of Jewish Students, called Dlamini’s comments “absolute anti-Semitism and racism,” according to a report in the Cape Times.

A university source said that Dlamini was still under investigation for his “I love Adolf Hitler” Facebook posts.

The South African Jewish Board of Deputies who have been at the forefront of campaigning on this issue said to ASW.con that they welcome, “the announcement by Wits Vice Chancellor Adam Habib that Mcebo Dlamini is required to stand down as SRC President and member of SRC.”

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