“Another terrorist has died” claims OUCA Officer candidate upon Mandela’s passing.
The Oxford University Conservative Association’s termly elections have been hit by their share of controversy, as it emerges that a candidate for senior office has been caught out celebrating the death of Nelson Mandela on facebook, declaring “Another terrorist has died.”
Jeff Vinall, a second year Lawyer at Brasenose College and candidate for Political Officer, has attracted attention as it appears that his concerns with the death of the late Nelson Mandela were “making sure our future is safe from … similar people.”
The claims have upset some members of OUCA, with one South African member commenting to The Tab: “My family were removed from their homes due to the racist policies during Apartheid – calling Mandela a terrorist is not only deeply personally offensive, but it is also worrying that such a person is a candidate in an OUCA election.”
A student at Wadham, which ends every bop with “Free Nelson Mandela”, said to The Tab: “Wadham had historic close ties with Nelson Mandela, and I’m shocked that anyone could call him a terrorist. Mandela was a great man, and should be remembered as such.”
One senior member of OUCA commented to the Tab: “I have grave concerns about some of Jeff’s behaviour, he needs to understand that OUCA has to rapidly change if it’s ever going to be a proper Conservative society and not just a bunch of oddballs with unsavoury opinions.”
Vinall declined to give comment.
OUCA Elections are held today in the Mitre from midday until 6pm. All members can vote with bod cards as ID.