Domenica, 07 Febbraio 2016 15:11 | Wits condemns, removes offensive campus graffiti

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Johannesburg - The University of Witwatersrand hasremoved the words "Fuck White People", written at the entrance of theOliver Schreiner School of Law building on its main campus, it said on Monday.


a statement released on the Wits website on Mondayafternoon, the university's senior executive said a small group of studentswere deliberately spraying offensive graffiti on the walls of the Wits campusesand on T-shirts.

"The offensive graffiti has been removed from ourcampus walls," it added.

According to Wits, the group had mobilised on behalf ofan individual who was due to appear before the SA Human Rights Commission thisweek for wearing a T-shirt with the words "Fuck White People" printedon the back.

Wits said it was not sure who had laid the complaint withthe SAHRC, but said the individual had also been linked to a number of illegalactivities on its campuses in recent weeks.

Although it condemned the offensive messages, accordingto the law, the statement did not necessarily incite any harm, Wits said.

"We have been advised that legally, the statementsmay not be a violation of our country's Constitution, which provides forfreedom of expression, unless it constitutes incitement to cause harm.

"In this instance, while the messages are certainlyhurtful, we have been advised that they may not directly incite harm."

Wits urged the group carrying out these actions to "desistfrom this offensive and hurtful behaviour", as it was contrary to theinstitution's values of tolerance and respect.

Action would be taken against any individual caughtdefacing property or spraying graffiti on walls not designated for the purpose,it said.

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