- University of Cape Town lecturer has been accused of claiming that Adolf Hitler had not committed any crimes
- The Democratic Alliance has lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commission (SAHRC)
- Professor Lwazi Lushaba allegedly made the claims in a pre-recorded lecture
The Democratic Alliance has lodged a complaint with the University of Cape Town (UCT) following allegations that a lecturer claimed that Adolf Hitler had "committed no crime".
Professor Lwazi Lushaba has been reported to the Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) by the DA following the remarks made in a pre-recorded lecture.
The DA issued a press release where they stated the following:
"The Holocaust was unequivocally a crime against humanity orchestrated by Hitler. The DA therefore strongly condemns the comments made by Lushaba."
UCT Vice-Chancellor, Mamokgethi Phakeng is under pressure from the DA to suspend the lecturer.
However, Africa4Palestine, a lobby group, has shown its support for Lushaba. They claim that the professor's comments were taken out of context.
"The DA has taken note that UCT will probe Lushaba’s comments and we urge the institution’s Vice-Chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng to place him on suspension pending the investigation."
The DA made it clear that they believed that the lecturer should face consequences. The political party used a number of examples from Lushaba's past which they use to paint him as a controversial figure.
"Lushaba has a long history of offensive and controversial actions. In 2019, he allegedly took exception to one of the contender’s in UCT’s election of its Dean of Humanities being Tanzanian and not South African."
Earlier, Briefly News reported that the Democratic Alliance has started a petition to have the Afrikaans language made equal to English at the University of Stellenbosch. The political party shared a list of demands on their website accompanying the petition.
One of these is that a new language policy is created to have English and Afrikaans as primary languages of teaching, student life and online spaces of the tertiary institution. The DA wants the policy to commit to increasing Afrikaans to ensure access for students wanting to study in the language.
The news of the party's new campaign and petition resulted in a few heated debates on social media. Many South Africans seemed to be frustrated that the DA is focusing on one language out of the 11 official languages in the country.
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