Racist Facebook group student expelled

A student linked to a racist Facebook group has been expelled from North West University (NWU)

By - November 24, 2008
Racist Facebook group student expelled

A student linked to a racist Facebook group has been expelled from North West University (NWU), a spokesperson said on Monday.

Louis Jacobs said a disciplinary hearing found the student guilty of impairing the university’s good name.

"The committee made a ruling that the student be expelled from the university, after which his legal representative lodged an appeal."

Seven students at the North West University faced disciplinary action over the racist group "ek laaik nie ‘n houtkop nie, sou what", which surfaced on the Facebook social network website recently.

The group’s members had posted racially abusive words and comments on the site. It also featured a photograph of a white man holding a gun while posing over the trophy of a young black boy lying on the ground.

Jacobs said the students, who were all registered at the Potchefstroom campus, were charged because their conduct was detrimental or could have been detrimental to the good name, order, discipline or performance of the university.

Six of them were found not guilty. Jacobs said the disciplinary committee could find no evidence which indicated that they actively associated themselves with the group.

Referring to the expulsion of the one student, Jacobs said the university had certain rights regarding its expectations of student conduct.

"The disciplinary committee has found that the conduct of this student was a transgression of these rights and that his actions were detrimental, or had the potential of being detrimental to the good name of the university," he said.

Facebook racist group – give your views

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – more technology images

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

Which DStv package do you have?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

Cell C for sale

Cell C for sale

Cell C’s largest shareholder Oger Telecom is looking at selling its majority stake in the mobile operator

Silk Road founder’s fortunes auctioned

Some of Bitcoin enthusiast Mike Caldwell's coins are pictured at his office in Sandy, Utah

The US government Thursday launched its third auction of digital currency seized when US authorities shut down a drug-dealing website in 2013

WikiLeaks Bradley Manning is now a woman

Bradley Manning

A military appeals court is recognizing the transgender defendant accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks as a woman

Public Protector “espionage” to be investigated

Thuli Madonsela

Allegations of espionage against Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and certain political leaders made on social media will be investigated

X

Newsletter Subscription


Name
Email *
Enter the following to confirm your subscription *
Captcha image


Free MyBroadband Newsletter
Subscribe
X
bool(true)