Wits SRC president in a vicious anti-Jewish rant
According to a report in Beeld newspaper Dlamini made these allegations in the course of giving evidence at the SA Human Rights Commission public hearings on university transformation.
Regarding the supposed favouring of Jews over other students, he claimed that this was common knowledge within the student body and was a reality that could no longer be ignored. To bolster his assertion, he drew attention to a recent anonymous donation of R100 million to the university, which he intimated was probably from “the Jews”. Dlamini further claimed that in general, Wits disregarded the needs of poorer students in favour of those from wealthier backgrounds.
Earlier this year, Dlamini was exposed by the Wits Vuvuzela campus newspaper for having fraudulently posed as the grandson of anti-apartheid legend Walter Sisulu. Prior to this, he had claimed to be the love-child of one of Sisulu’s sons and a Swazi princess. Despite this controversy, he was elected as SRC president at the newly-elected council’s inaugural meeting in September.
Apparently Dlamini has after seven years, very little to show academically.
The SAJBD, in its letter to Wits Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib, described Dlamini’s allegation as being inflammatory and discriminatory, as well as completely baseless. It was pointed out that accusing Jews of unfairly benefit at the expense of non-Jews because of their supposed financial power was one of the classic anti-Semitic canards, and this was essentially what Dlamini was asserting.
Habib was asked to investigate the matter and advise in due course what steps the university intended to take.
Professor Andrew Crouch, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic, categorically denied that the university discriminated against students on the basis of whether they were wealthy or not. He confirmed that Wits had indeed received a large, anonymous donation, but refused to reveal the donor’s name or religion.