University of Cape Town (UCT) senior political science lecturer Lwazi Lushaba was caught up in controversy recently after his claim that Adolf Hitler “committed no crime” made headlines. The remark that many found most offensive, made during an online lecture recorded shortly before Holocaust Memorial Day, was: “All Hitler did was to do to white people what white people had normally reserved for black people.”

True to form in SA, some are thus calling for Lushaba’s head, while others hail him as a hero. The DA laid a complaint with the SA Human Rights Commission, and UCT has announced that it is investigating the matter. More recently, a few commentators have pointed out that to gain a true understanding of what Lushaba was trying to say his comments on the Holocaust should be considered in the context of the full lecture...

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