Wits’ condemns hate speech graffiti



November 2, 2016
Wits’  condemns hate speech graffiti

HOSTILITY: Wits University

Anti-Jewish messages spray-painted on two black boards.

The University of Witswatersrand removed anti-Semitic graffiti at two of its buildings yesterday, warning it will come down heavily on the perpetrators.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance Students Organisation (DASO) has called for an investigation after “Kill A Jew” and “F*** the Jews” were spray painted on two boards at Wits.

DASO condemned the hate speech and called on Wits to report the matter to the Human Rights Commission and the police for investigation.

DASO leader and DA MP Yusuf Cassim said it was a cause of great concern that “racial and other divisions on our campuses are increasingly used as a strategy by some
students during this fraught time”.

He further alleged that he was referred to as “Samoosa Cassim” in a bid to mock his identity as a Muslim South African during a recent protest.

Cassim said he was considering his options regarding the verbal attack on him.

“While this is deeply upsetting, it is not surprising that this level of hatred is allowed to take root and flourish at our universities when violence is encouraged by some, and dissenting views are put down vigorously,” said Cassim.

Cassim said campuses should be spaces for debate and the interrogation of ideas.

“We urge all students on our campuses to reject hate, and to unite behind peaceful and practical solutions to our current higher education crisis” said Cassim.

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