‘Ringleader’ and collaborators behind Stellenbosch Nazi posters identified

Stellenbosch University has made headway in investigating the imitation Nazi posters that surfaced on its campus on Tuesday. The investigation, led by its Equality Unit and Student Discipline division, has identified three individuals linked to planning the “Anglo-Afrikaaner” event.

Stellenbosch’s media liaison, Martin Viljoen, confirmed that , as it stands, the event and posters were primarily organised by one “main organiser”, with the support of others.

“We can’t say at this stage that an organisation was behind this, our understanding at the moment is that it’s an individual that tried to organise this meeting,” said Viljoen.

Imitation Nazi posters cause outrage at Stellenbosch University

Viljoen confirmed that the faux-Nazi posters which caused mass outrage were placed in order to advertise for an actual event – and were not simply a joke.

“Our understanding at this stage is that they wanted to seriously hold this event. Exactly what their aim was, and what the content of the meeting was, will form part of the continued investigation,” said Viljoen.

In a statement released on Wednesday, condemned the act, saying it would not allow any event promoting racial superiority to take place on campus. It also said that the posters were put up without the consent or knowledge of the university. It asked students to allow the investigation to take its course and said it would communicate all findings and further steps to the university community.

According to Viljoen, the individuals identified have thus far given statements but the university still needed to speak to the “main organiser”.

UPDATE: On Thursday, the university confirmed that it had suspended the three students while disciplinary processes are ongoing.

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6 Comments

  1. Jameel says

    I heard that a certain daily vox ‘journalist’ was behind the posters because he couldn’t find any other racial propaganda to write about.

    1. Minerva says

      Do you have any sources to back this up this snide snark?

  2. Jameel says

    Yup, a friend who works admin at the Uni told me.

  3. Colin Ibu says

    Seeing as fascists in SA are far less powerful than those in the countries I imagine them to be drawing their inspiration from, I wonder how efficacious and meaningful and worthwhile it would be to visit these people. Do we nip it in the bud or recognise that there are more pressing issues?

    #bashthefash

    1. therealmidnite says

      No-one wants to disclose who actually put the posters up. We can’t tell if they were actual right-wingers, or trolls with an agenda. And any form of fascism (one that’s actually worth worrying about) that raises it’s head in South Africa certainly won’t resemble it’s brethren in Europe or the USA.

      Still… bash the fash.

  4. Candide says

    “When looking to the future, the one thing antifascists should be doing is identifying those fascist organisers that that could be launching their future movement, and brutally push them out of the movement, setting back any fascist movement five, ten years by doing so.”

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