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CPUT suspends student for racist rant

Sunday Independent

Aziz Hartley

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A CAPE Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) student who posted racist remarks on Facebook has been suspended from campus and a probe launched into his conduct.

“It means he will not be allowed to attend classes pending the outcome of the investigation and a disciplinary hearing,” CPUT spokesman Thami Nkwanyane said last night.

“Black people were f****** brain-dead monkeys who always gossiped in their retarded language,” Ken Sinclair, a student at CPUT’s Cape Town campus, posted on his Facebook page two weeks ago.

In a reply to a Facebook response to his message, he said: “If you aren’t a racist go spend a day at Cape Tech in town. You will wana join the KKK when you are done. F****** brain-dead monkeys.”

Nkwanyane said Sinclair had been identified after the university followed up information received from Facebook users who saw his posts. No other students were under investigation “at this stage”.

“The investigation was started by the university’s judicial and legal office. I don’t know how long it will take. As a university, we condemn in the strongest possible terms this kind of behaviour which amounts to hate speech and

cannot be tolerated.”

The institution subscribed to the principle of freedom of expression, but Sinclair’s views were not those of the university or its students.

“Freedom of expression is one thing, but hate speech is something else,” he said.

aziz.hartley@inl.co.za

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