JOHANNESBURG - Wits University SRC president Mcebo Dlamini has defended his Facebook post about admiring Adolf Hitler.
His message has sparked outrage from the South African Union of Jewish Students.
Vice-Chancellor and Principal Adam Habib released a statement (see below) to the Wits community in which he noted the incident, as brought to his attention by concerned persons.
Habib said he was still awaiting response to his email calling for Dlamini to account for his remarks.
"The Facebook posts and subsequent comments are racist and offensive in the extreme," Habib said.
"Disturbingly, they valorise a racist autocrat who was responsible for the murder of millions of people."
Habib indicates that he has referred Dlamini for investigation, to see if disciplinary charges need to be brought against him.
eNCA anchor Joanne Joseph interviewed Dlamini in studio on Tuesday morning, giving him a platform to explain his comments.
* Watch the full interview with Mcebo Dlamini in the gallery above.
Also attached are the full interview responses with Natan Pollack, National Chairperson of the South African Union of Jewish Students, and Adam Habib, Wits Vice-Chancellor.
Sometimes you need to censor yourself "@Adv_Makhanya: Mcebo Dlamini makes me proud to be a Witsie. He is genuine. My Wits SRC President."— Nubian (@Feefee_theninja) April 28, 2015
Wits SRC President, Mcebo Dlamini, says he loves Hitler. Refers to him as "President Adolf Hitler". Eish son!— Outside Malalapipe (@De_Imperial) April 28, 2015
Wits SRC president Mcebo Dlamini: “What I love about Hitler is his charisma and his capabilities to organise people.” http://t.co/jP3oCh6wuP— James Styan (@jamesstyan) April 28, 2015
I agree with Mcebo Freedom Nkunzikayibaleki Dlamini that in every white person there's an element of Adolf... http://t.co/H50OkY7gLK— Valesca Erlank (@Valesca_Erlank) April 27, 2015
Mcebo Dlamini stands against Racial Supremacy, but admires a man who killed millions in order to achieve a 'master race'. Horrendous— Suhail Mohammed (@SuhailMohammed_) April 27, 2015
"If the enlightened minds remain silent, then the uneducated minds will lead this country" - Mcebo Dlamini— princess. (@Miss_Pwincy) April 22, 2015
@tokelonhlapo any whites who honour those idiots are condemned as right-wing lunatics. The same applies to Mcebo Dlamini.— Pieter Bosch Botha (@Boschwhacked) April 28, 2015
Never heard Adam Habib this angry..Word is You shall be dealt with Mr Mcebo Dlamini..#WitsSRCPresident— BEE BOK aka TSOMPO (@Oe_Rankoe) April 28, 2015
Mcebo Dlamini wits SRC president what a mouthful Steve hofmeyer who?— dumi hadebe (@mdumisenihadebe) April 28, 2015
Mcebo Dlamini everything you said in that interview is true.— Man Of The Year (@Am_i_Kamunism) April 28, 2015