NWU investigates Nazi salute

The university is appointing a task team to investigate initiation practices on campus.

North West University's Potchefstroom campus. Picture: www.nwu.ac.za.

JOHANNESBURG - The North West University is appointing a task team to investigate initiation practices at the institution following a recent incident where first year students were seen doing a Nazi style salute on campus.

The four-member team will probe any demeaning practices first years are subjected to on all three campuses and after three months these findings will be presented to the Department of Higher Education.

In light of the incident, the university's Vice Chancellor Dr Theuns Eloff will step down from his position by the end of the month.

"Again, we do unconditionally apologise to individual families and communities that were affected or upset by gestures we used on the university or the infringement on people's human rights."

In February the North West University's Potchefstroom campus said there was no "Nazi-culture" on the campus following reports that first year students have to do gestures similar to Adolf Hitler's salute.