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Former Stellenbosch ‘Nazi poster’ student says justice let him down

By Okuhle Hlati 51 min ago

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Cape Town – Former Stellenbosch University student Dean Dart, who has asserted his innocence in controversial ‘Nazi-based’ posters, says he will not appeal a High Court ruling. Western Cape against him.

Acting High Court Judge Hanri Loots last month rejected Dart’s request to reconsider SU’s decision to deport him on the posters, which were distributed around campus four years ago.

Three posters appeared on campus in May 2017.

Two of them invited the “AngloAfrikaner student” to a “New Right” meeting and to “Fight for Stellenbosch”.

The posters were direct copies of the Hitler Youth recruiting posters.

Dart, now 26, was a first year student and, along with two other students, participated in one or more actions related to the conceptualization and presentation of the posters.

They were found guilty of violating the student disciplinary code following public outrage and a subsequent hearing.

All three students were expected to complete 100 hours of community service by the end of the first semester of 2018.

Only Dart appealed the decision of the university’s Central Disciplinary Committee (CDC) and his appeal to the Disciplinary Appeal Committee (CAD) hearing was dismissed.

The CDC increased the penalty to an immediate expulsion from the university, which Dart took to the High Court.

Dart said he had lost his faith in the legal system and was unwilling to attempt to appeal the judgment.

He told the hearing that an American League equity unit official who testified initially recommended a preliminary suspension because he believed that “the posters and the meeting advertised on the posters encouraged polarization. racial and contained very offensive references to “Nazi” propaganda and “neo-Nazism”. “

He said the official admitted during cross-examination by the lawyer that “if a person just looked at the two posters with the people depicted on them, you couldn’t see any reference to ‘Nazi’ Germany or to ‘Nazism’. “.”

“The poster signified our horror of what is well known in past and contemporary history as the most racist, brutal and destructive political system in the world, namely Communism.

“The CDC has not received any evidence that contradicts our clear intention with the meme to indicate that the images on the poster were intended to be satirical,” Dart said.

Martin Viljoen of the SU said the judgment confirmed that the disciplinary processes of the university’s students were correct and fair.

Cape Times

Former Stellenbosch ‘Nazi poster’ student says justice let him down

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