NW University bans 'Nazi gestures'

The North West University's Potchefstroom campus is investigating claims of Nazism.

FILE: The North West University's Potchefstroom campus is investigating claims of "Nazi-culture" on campus.

JOHANNESBURG - The North West University's Potchefstroom campus says there is no "Nazi-culture" on the campus following reports that first year students have to do gestures similar to Adolf Hitler's salute.

The campus says measures are being put in place to make sure none of its students use these gestures which has been interpreted to be similar to a "Nazi-salute" again.

It is being reported that until a few weeks ago first years still had to greet seniors in this way.

Campus rector Herman van Schalkwyk has launched an investigation into the matter and has banned all such gestures.

Spokesperson Bertie Jacobs says students told Van Schalkwyk that it was never their intention to offend anyone by using the gesture.

"We can attest to the fact that this uninformed conduct may be offensive. Every possible measure has been put in place to ensure that this doesn't happen again."