The following has been submitted to UCU conference by Oxford University :
SFC17 UCU’s invitation to Bongani Masuku of South Africa, University of Oxford
Congress notes that:
UCU invited Bongani Masuku to a meeting in December 2009 to discuss Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions against Israel;
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has found that at a rally at the University of the Witwatersrand in March 2009 Masuku ‘uttered numerous anti-Semitic remarks which were seen to have incited violence and hatred amongst the students who were present.’
The SAHRC has determined that these statements, and others made publicly by Masuku, amount to hate speech prohibited by the South African constitution;
the SAHRC finding makes it clear that Masuku does not deny making the remarks attributed to him;
These remarks were publicly available on the internet well before UCU’s invitation to Masuku was issued.
Congress dissociates itself from Masuku’s repugnant views.
Congress censures those elected members responsible for inviting Masuku to participate in a meeting hosted by the union.