Ex-Maties student loses his appeal over “Nazi-posters”

February 8, 2021

Dean Dart is still expelled from the university as a result of the posters he put up on campus with two other students.

A few years ago, Nazi-style posters started popping up on Stellenbosch University’s campus. This caused outrage among students and eventually, the parties responsible for the posters were identified. They argued that they tried to make a political point that the far-right political thinkers are not allowed to voice their views, seeing as liberal thinkers suppress these ideas, even though they advocate for the right to free speech. The three students were required to complete 100 hours of community service before the end of the first semester of 2018. Dean Dart, whose idea it was to put up the posters, appealed the University’s decision internally. The appeal ended up with him being immediately expelled from campus. Dart then approached the court in an effort to have the sanction of expulsion set aside, however he lost the battle as the court ruled in favor of SU last week. Although a major blow for Dart, the University has said it is pleased with the outcome as it confirms that its internal disciplinary mechanisms are just and fair.