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Hitler loving Dlamini no longer SRC president

SRC president Mcebo Dlamini. Picture Credit: www.youtube.com
SRC president Mcebo Dlamini. Picture Credit: www.youtube.com

Wits University’s SRC president Mcebo Dlamini has been found guilty of misconduct and ordered to vacate his post.

This was announced by Wits Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Habib through a post on the University’s website earlier today.

The statement says:

"As of today, Mr Mcebo Dlamini is no longer President or a member of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC). In February 2015, Mr Dlamini was found guilty of misconduct by a disciplinary panel and given a sentence of, inter alia, one year suspended exclusion in respect of each charge against him. In terms of the SRC Constitution, a member of the SRC ceases to be a member if s/he is found guilty of misconduct by a Student Disciplinary Committee."

Dlamini appealed this ruling and was granted a reprieve but the decision to keep him on as SRC president was withdrawn after “he failed to submit the relevant documentation to the Legal Office with enough time before the hearing for the Legal Office and the Committee to properly consider his arguments."

The ruling was related to a separate matter however his recent social media comments will also be investigated.

"For the purposes of clarity, I would also like to state that the separate matter of Mr Dlamini’s recent declaration of admiration for the fascist leader, Adolf Hitler, and what I believe to be racist comments regarding whites, did not influence my current decision to require him to step down. However, they cannot be ignored and I have referred the matter to the Legal Office for investigation. This matter will take its due course," Habib wrote.

Dlamini prompted outrage on social by declaring his love for dictator Adolf Hitler last month. The matter was referred to the Wits’ legal office.

“His remarks have provoked multiple complaints from people of all racial, political and religious persuasions, including a petition demanding his immediate expulsion from the University. His subsequent engagements, including a Facebook post in which he threatened to kill an individual and his children, even though he may have been provoked, are in my view an indication that he lacks the maturity that is required of a student leader who is meant to represent a diverse and cosmopolitan community of over 30 000 students,” Habib wrote.

Dlamini is allowed to appeal against his removal.

Click here for the full statement

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