Radio shocks with Nazi joke
Pretoria – The University of Pretoria's radio station Tuks FM shocked listeners by suggesting, as a joke, they pose as Nazis.
A photo of Adolf Hitler, along with that of two people standing with their right arm in the Hitler salute and their left hand's fingers on their upper lip symbolising his moustache, was posted on the Bang Bang Breakfast Show blog.
Presenters Rob Forbes and PJ van Rooyen jokingly said on Tuesday that people should start "Nazi-ing" - with reference to the latest fad among the youth, "planking", "owling" and "duck face".
Where "Planking" means a person pretends to be a plank in an unknown environment, "Nazi-ing" was intended to mean that a person takes on a Hitler pose.
Some of the listeners regarded this as very insensitive.
The station manager removed the post from the blog.
'No disciplinary action'
This was severely criticised on social networks Twitter and Facebook. "This is shit, they must go have fun in a concentration camp for a couple of weeks, like the Jews, distasteful," said Charne.
"It seems these idiots are unaware that a fake Hitler salute can easily be mistaken for a real one," was Donovan’s response.
Station Head Loutjie van der Merwe explained on Wednesday that the blog entry had to do with posing and "nothing with real German Nazis".
"After receiving several tweets from people to remove the post and to apologise, it was decided that the readers and listeners did not understand the blog entry's content and context.
"The post was removed without an apology or an explanation.
"We will not apologise officially, because no code of conduct was violated. No disciplinary action will be taken against the two presenters."