Alleged racist attack on UFS campus

2011-02-15 22:20

Cape Town – An 18-year-old University of the Free State student has opened a case of assault after he was allegedly attacked on the main campus in Bloemfontein on Monday.

The student’s worried father told News24 how his son had been “strangled” by a man dressed in a mascot outfit.

The father, who wished to remain anonymous, said his son had been walking past a group of students who were “touching” the mascot and when his son decided to join in, the mascot started attacking him.

His son ran off but the mascot got hold of him, held him down and strangled him until he passed out.

The man’s son had to be treated at Bloemfontein Medical for a blocked artery. The man says he believes that the attack was racially motivated as his son is Indian and everyone else involved is white.

The student has already been released from hospital and is back at home.

The university’s Lacea Loader confirmed the incident in a statement, saying it occurred after a Varsity Cup marketing campaign.

Loader said that the matter was being investigated and thus could not comment further.

Police spokesperson Colonel Annelie Wrench said that a case of assault had been opened.

Wrench said that the man wearing the mascot outfit is not a student at the university.

  • XAD - 2011-02-15 22:34

    Jip, a white person was involved, thus it had to be racially motivated... yawn...

      G.du Plessis - 2011-02-15 22:43

      Yes but it still could have been

      Mebob - 2011-02-16 07:30

      At UFS, there is division amongst English and afrikaans white people.So you think other race groups stand a chance? Remember, white people at UFS are NOT accustomed to seeing non-whites there, so this is all new to them. I genuinely believe that there was a hint of racism present given the tensions that are present in the country and this government is doing nothing to exstinguish the tension that is rising in this country.

      rammstein.f4n - 2011-02-16 07:44

      Wtf? Not accustomed to seeing non-whites? What century are you living in? Yes there are racists on campus, like you would also find in any other city in SA. The majority of the students are not racist. If this was an act of racism (but more a case of blatant stupidity in my opinion) then I hope the punishment is severe, as should be the punishment for racism.

      Ockert - 2011-02-16 07:57

      It really also depends on where the touching took place ?, If the guy had "tendancies" and touched him on his "studio" he might have a problem ??

      sewsexy - 2011-02-16 07:58

      @Mebob - how can you say that "WHITE" people are not accustomed to seeing "NON-WHITES" there - they have been integrated in schools since 1994. Why is it that whenever there is a "WHITE" person involved it is "RACIAL", but when it is AFRICAN ON AFRICAN or INDIAN ON INDIAN or COLOURED ON COLOURED it is just seen as an assault. I think that perhaps you need to come back down to EARTH - you obviously live in NEVER NEVER LAND

      rammstein.f4n - 2011-02-16 08:04

      And let me add there is no division between even the Afrikaans and English speaking white students. It's only a language preference with regards to the students' education. If you actually bothered to set foot on campus, you will see people of all languages and cultures interacting freely, attending classes together, having lunch, etc.

      factsforlive - 2011-02-16 08:06

      The headline should have been "Mascot Escapes Molester"

      Swartvel - 2011-02-16 08:28

      i am sure this indian looked for trouble, in my area you should see how the shop owner indians treat their black workers...disgrace..but we cannot say anything because they also seen as black.. - 2011-02-16 08:32

      WTF, no witer in bloem. You idiotic twat. 50% or more of campus is non whites. How can anybody live in SA and only see white people. SPEAK ABOUT IGNORANCE. This kids father is seeking attention so that the assault (not racially motivated) case can be wrapped up sooner. Ps. can't imagine it would be to hard to find out who owns that costume....

      Jack - 2011-02-16 08:46

      What colour was the Mascot? If it was a pink rabbit, then certainly it must have been racism?

      4daluvofSA - 2011-02-16 09:36

      @swartvel, that is soo true. I don't mean to generalise but i live in DBN and i see that all the time and it seems to be just the normal way of dealing with workers and sometimes even customers. There are certain shops that i just stopped going to because they are family run and most of the time in those shops they don't give a f about the customer. When you ask for the manager, the cashier calls her mother. You ask for the owner and then the uncle comes out..

      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-18 01:21

      Mebob since the whites of UVS are not accustomed to other races and so are racist, it follows that rural and township black people who don't speak English and have little contact with whites are also racist. Or perhaps black people are different? You see your points make no sense. To decide if this was a racist attack the attacker must be caught and interrogated and only then we will know. Perhaps the Indian student groped him on his crotch? Perhaps it was a general thug in the costume? Who knows. Shouting racism is wrong unless it is proven that this was racism.

  • TDJ - 2011-02-15 22:47

    Nope. It was just crime. The mascot is poor and left behind. Move on.

  • TDJ - 2011-02-15 22:50

    Mmmm ... a racist mascot. Wait a minute! Was he dressed up as Julius Malema ?

      cheekyroman - 2011-02-16 07:47

      Shame u must be an afrikaaner. do you understand the meaning of racist?

      Priester - 2011-02-16 08:03

      @Cheekyroman now you tell me what does "afrikaaner" have to do with it? Come on give me your best answer…………

      factsforlive - 2011-02-16 08:27

      @cheekyroman Your very own comment spurs racial divide. Maybe you need some introspection.

      Marius - 2011-02-16 09:17

      @cheekyroman: Shame you poor hypocrite. Oh so not racist but don't think twice to be derogatory to other population groups. Probably an armchair pseudo liberal who do nothing but shoot other people down. It is really sad that there are still English speaking people with your outdated attitude in this country. Not one of my English speaking friends still have that attitude - you really are disappointing.

      Shatters - 2011-02-16 09:25

      yeah old cheekyroman .. and you must be stupid .. still don't have a sense of humour do you? Still too westernised for you ?

      ir8m8 - 2011-02-16 10:16

      Wtf???, i am an english speaking white south african, let me tell you, there is nothing worse than growing up in a country where your skin colour gets you in, but your language gets you kicked out...Afrikaaners are the reason this country is in the state its in, some of you literally told my mother that if she could not speak afrikaans she may as well "v*k terug van waar jy kom!", so please dont hold that holier than thou attitude all of a sudden, be accountable, at least be proud o your history...thats all you have

      TDJ - 2011-02-16 11:11

      @ir8m8: Really, every _single_ last one of them ? Wow. English is a beautiful language. You have a right to be proud, and we should be respectful. Bear in mind the level of person addressing your mother. Low-class Afrikaaners are not representative.

      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-18 01:24

      ir8m8, English can be just as bad. English people have looked down on the people of continental Europe for centuries, always feeling smug. So it cuts both ways.

  • TDJ - 2011-02-15 22:52

    Lemme guess ... everyone around the mascot knew him, and were fooling around. Along comes Indian guy and shoves the guy into the plants.

      PerciusJcksn - 2011-02-15 23:41

      Well I guess its a lot better than shooting him, get off your high horses people let the investigation resolve itself before you comment, I do agree not every attack is racially motivated ... but an attack is nonetheless an attack. TDJ catch a wake up.

      TDJ - 2011-02-15 23:59

      Percius - attack ... YES. Racist hype - no. Worse things happen daily. My comments were in jest ... if not obvious to your low horsed self.

  • dante - 2011-02-15 23:01

    a group of students were 'touching' a kidding me?dont you know how dangerous mascots are?

      4daluvofSA - 2011-02-16 09:40

      Clearly they don't watch teen movies! lol..

      Bhuga - 2011-02-16 09:58

      "Ysterman... Jy is 'n naai.... We are trying to build a country and you come with you stupid kak comments... Gaan naai 'n has.

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  • Mj - 2011-02-15 23:14

    uovs has this reputation.Its not the first time such has occurred. Imagine what type of graduates leave this institution and the background of students entering this university.Perhaps psychometric tests should be done on all students entering universities and racists denied entry.

      SAGenocide - 2011-02-15 23:20

      Then most of the black students will be excluded and that will be racism all over again. O, sorry I forgot, only whites can be racists.

      PerciusJcksn - 2011-02-15 23:43

      Good Idea, Black or white there is no reason for it and no place for it SAGenocide : don't u have a case to prepare for ?

      mike - 2011-02-15 23:47

      lol MJ not a single student would get in, Black. white, pink or green...

  • Boetman - 2011-02-15 23:28

    Bloody mascots! They are all agents of oppresion and racist. What color was the mascot anyway ~ green? Maybe he likes Indians, but dislikes gropers. Who knows? Must be rasict for sure. The victum was not 100% pale.

  • euro-african - 2011-02-16 00:01

    dont touch me on my mascot

  • Mthuthuzeli - 2011-02-16 00:02

    the sick comments on this and any story always amaze me!

      Daskind - 2011-02-16 00:09

      maybe the comments are in line with the sick stories.

      jvscooter - 2011-02-16 06:42

      Maybe because you realise that you are also a racist and not just whites

  • Warren - 2011-02-16 00:56

    I have never seen a pic of Malema and a girlfriend or a pic of Malema and any woman for that matter.

      blurryrabbit - 2011-02-16 01:42

      Maybe he's actually gay... how awesome would that be!

      Nico - 2011-02-16 02:16

      Malema is a fat gay......didn't you know?

  • asiseeit - 2011-02-16 03:36

    Maybe it was an ANC ass puppet

  • A THEIST - 2011-02-16 04:10

    what are the odds for South Africa to win the world cups this year ?

      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-18 01:27

      Which world cups would those be?

  • mxolisi.shabangu - 2011-02-16 06:23

    So there,s white savages as well, cause u mention black savages Mr Smith

      jvscooter - 2011-02-16 06:47

      Yes there are and we can accept it and move on not like you people

  • ArtGee - 2011-02-16 06:44

    "Don't TOUCH me on my MASCOT COSTUME"

  • jjhvan - 2011-02-16 06:49

    Anyone touches me on MY mascot and he will be worse off than just blocked artery.

  • Willem G - 2011-02-16 06:58

    Maybe this poor Indian chappie - after being attacked by a group of whites and a "mascot" (wtf??) - and his worrried father will now sell up and go back to India...

      OB1 - 2011-02-16 07:33

      your go back to india comment is just stupid...also the boy was not attacked by a group of whites, the whites were poking the mascot, but the mascot lost it when the indian boy joined in. How do they know the race of the mascot...wonder if it was wearing like a massive barney the dinosaur what a sight, getting attacked by barney the dinosaur! maybe the indian boy shouldn't go around poking and victimising innocent strangers just cos they dress funny, or just cos some other kids are doing it.

      myen.naidoo - 2011-02-16 08:23

      It is people like you that give the white race a bad name. 'Sell up and go back to India" If you know you history, I am sure you don't. It was the white race that brought us here. You us slaves then and you probably still teach your kids at home on hoe to be racist. Grow up, We are here to stay and be pround Indians South Africans. Bully tactics are for the boer ous. You guys still need to get civilized.

      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-18 01:31

      myen.naidoo let's get the chip off that shoulder. I think Willem suggested that the father was an ex-pat Indian, and so probably wealthy. Now that he faced a racial crime, the father may want to leave SA like most sensible people. For example, in the 90s many Taiwanese left SA in the same way. Of course you had to read some racial remark there because it was a white guy who said this. Touchy touchy. Project much?

  • onetickie - 2011-02-16 07:21

    its always racially motivated when a 'whitie' is involved. what about the crime in SA? what percentage is black? white? nobody has yet to be brave enough to give the answer. what colour are farm killers and those killed???

      4daluvofSA - 2011-02-16 09:43

      Go live in the township for a week, you would get your answers there. Your question does not deserve an answer from a brave person.

      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-18 01:32

      4daluvofSA whites kill blacks in townships? Is that what you wanted to suggest?

  • JF - 2011-02-16 07:24

    Now even the indians get on the racist train! If it's white, it's racist!! Fu@k off!!!!

  • Terence.Craig.Berry - 2011-02-16 07:25

    He was just like waai-ing past there, and he like checks all these ou's parking around a mascot and all. He was scheming maybe there was some curry or something, and all a sudden this mascot sommer starts moering him. It was horrible, ek se.... Poor little Indian.

      TDJ - 2011-02-16 10:58


      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-18 01:33

      What were all those ou's doing groping the mascot? Is it PRIDE week on UFS?

  • Alwyn - 2011-02-16 07:28

    blacks attacked a white farmer,,,its racism?,,or not .does racism only apply when a white assaults a blak,coloured or indian?When two indian cops shot patrons of a bar after a penis size remark,not once were reference made to rasism,so racism can only be white on any othe colour,,,Bull shit,must work both ways

      Alwyn - 2011-02-16 07:30

      Blak should be black,sorry now i am a racist for spelling it wrong,next time i will say darkie like the Blade

      4daluvofSA - 2011-02-16 09:54

      The day when criminals stop killing/ raping other blacks and only kill whites......the day when black people start shooting randomly at white people for no reason either than to rob them......the day when black people in the township stop leaving in fear of criminals because criminals are only targeting whites...then, maybe then we would start saying that it is racially motivated but until then it is just crime that black people have been experiencing for years and are also sick and tired of. The funny thing is that when you watch the news and you see an angry black community attacking these thugs and take the law into their own hands you call them savages and say it's barbaric behavior. That always surprises me because the same people who call these people savages are the ones who are always shouting "bring back the death penalty". Does that mean they want someone else to do the dirty work for them?

  • patrice - 2011-02-16 07:34

    According to our constitution we are all equal. By that arguement no people bashing across a colour line can be considered racist. An equal guy smacks an equal guy. It is freedom of choice, which I believe is also written into our constitution.

  • jk - 2011-02-16 07:35

    The story doesnt even say the man suit in the mascot was white... sad state of affairs to keep having rely on the race card for things not going your way. What a disgrace!

  • clint51585 - 2011-02-16 07:41

    the dude didnt want to share his samoosas...arrived on campus with a modified golf with a mega sound system and flourescent lights under his car, no wonder the mascot got angry

      chris - 2011-02-16 07:53


      carlokie - 2011-02-16 10:25

      hmmm - this and then. They said a bunch of people (girls) were touching the mascot. The he pitches up - tries to pet the mascot as well - booom!

  • Neo - 2011-02-16 07:46

    Indians have the cast system and it is in their blood to 'look down' on indians of a lower class.... this is probably the reason why they have become the worst racists.

  • Picasso - 2011-02-16 07:47

    How come that the comments is turned off with all articles of the UFS videos where blacks assaulted whites?

      factsforlive - 2011-02-16 08:44

      Easy Media24 is biased. If this was the other way around. It would have been allover sabc news. Look up media24 BEE status.

  • splifmonkey - 2011-02-16 07:49


      carlokie - 2011-02-16 13:16

      I think he was the only male touching the mascot - this is actually then gender related :O

  • Andre - 2011-02-16 07:52

    Sounds more like it was "motivated" by alcohol.

  • Mike Webber - 2011-02-16 07:55

    News24 you are SO full it it !!! When blacks attack white families, murdering women and children in their homes, you don't call the attackers 'black'. When whites 'attack' someone of another colour, you are so quick to publish that they're white. It's really pathetic.

      matla - 2011-02-16 08:09

      Its not new24 that mentioned colour but the father of the student, plaas jaapie

      Kenko - 2011-08-18 15:41

      Matla, News24 reported on what the father said. When a white father says that blacks attaked his son, it will not be mentioned in the news. That is what your "plaas japie" means. Get your head around what people say before you comment.

  • MactheKnife - 2011-02-16 07:57

    There wouldnt have been any problem if he offered the mascot some briyani, samoosas. If he had done that surely the mascot would have attached the whites. Hey china use your business skills.

  • Hunter 008 - 2011-02-16 07:59

    What the Hell has race got to do with the attack ?? If the attacker was black would that be ok !!! Don't touch things you can't afford you faggot!!

  • JMan - 2011-02-16 07:59

    I'd strangle you too if you tried to 'touch my mascot', no matter what race or color you are!

  • kolobe - 2011-02-16 08:00

    we are dealing with a very racist stubborn species,you can tell the racism is taught from early age

      Mikemcc - 2011-02-16 08:09

      @Kolobe, I agree, mascots are rotten to the core and should be done away! Chop!

      Stryder - 2011-02-16 08:42

      So you are subscribing to the view that we are not all the same species?

      Kenko - 2011-08-18 15:43

      kolobe please answer Stryder's question. It will clear up a lot of your comments.

  • Anthony - 2011-02-16 08:09

    Looking at the comments in this forum, the scary part is not racism but the amount of DUMB ASS whites that have access to a pc.

      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-18 01:36

      And you're not one of them because....?

  • matla - 2011-02-16 08:13

    I am of the view that the UFS must be closed down - talk alone is not enough. Amandla

      warr - 2011-02-16 08:32

      Matla, this is not the solution. You can’t shut an institution down because of a couple of delinquents. Put a couple of white kids in a predominantly black school and you’ll also have issues.

      Felix - 2011-02-16 09:21

      Yes, burn it down then complain of lack of universities! Amandla

      ShabirS - 2011-02-16 09:28

      @War, Take University of Natal and there were fewer whites on campus but the were never treated bad

      abrham - 2011-02-16 09:33

      @matla then parliament should be history with all the thiefs, rapists, rascist, crooks and what not in attendance

      TDJ - 2011-02-16 11:01

      The mascot wearer was not a student at UFS. Are you implying that the grounds of UFS are somehow "infected". Please, grow a backbone. - 2011-02-16 12:58

      hahaha shut it down! We dont need no EDUCATION!!!!!!

  • Biobuddy - 2011-02-16 08:23

    Wrench said that the man wearing the mascot outfit is not a student at the university What was the mascot for? What is a mascot? What colour is the mascot? Why was the mascot allowed on campus? Wheree were securituy? What is happening in the country if students can touch mascots? Whats is the comment of the Mascots union? Was the mascot on duty of was it the mascots lunch braks? Was the touch the mascot rule broken. How long did he touch the mascot? With what did he touch the mascot? Was the mascot perhaps undercover to catch the student? Did the mascot smoked? Was the mascot a escaped lunitic dressed as a mascot? Are there not more important news, issues, thihs to take up our time than this?????

      makhosi mase - 2011-02-16 10:02

      which political party does the mascot belong to?

  • warr - 2011-02-16 08:26

    There will always be discrimination and bullying with kids with problematic parents....

  • - 2011-02-16 08:27

    Anyone consider that the Indian lighty was just the easiest to catch after they pissed the mascot off?

  • wgibsonsa - 2011-02-16 08:36

    Stop crying you half wit baby. Crime affects every one. Is this not what people say when blacks attack and kill whites ie FARM MURDERS, HOME INVASIONS, TORTURE OF WHITE VICTIMS, WHITE WOMAN BEING RAPED IN THEIR HOMES etc. This was just a criminal act or are whites not criminals and only rascist.

  • snoekels - 2011-02-16 08:41

    Maybe your son is a geek in their eyes so they just picked on him like school boys usually do. Don't call the racist card so soon. What they did was wrong in every aspect, but you can't say it was racially motivated. All of you calling the racist card are racist yourself.

  • annie.kalahari - 2011-02-16 08:49

    There's no indication of the race of the attacker nor of the attacked, so your headline is grossly misleading. Are you telling us that the attacker was white and the attacked person black, or vice-versa? This is journalism? I don't think so.

      Felix - 2011-02-16 09:24

      Did you even read it?

      4daluvofSA - 2011-02-16 11:07

      Yes annie this is sooo misleading. I read it 5 times and i still didnt see where they mention the race of the mascot. ;-)

      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-18 01:39

      4daluvofSA, so it was an alleged racial attack because the students around the mascot where white? But the mascot attacked the guy. So I'm a racist if I witness a racial attack? Besides was the attack even racial - as rightly - we don't know who the guy in the suit was (he was not a Uni employee or student).

  • gekraaktehoof - 2011-02-16 09:04

    Did he just walk past this rissiepit and suddenly he been attacked by this so called rissiepit? No I do not believe it?? Nice try and a blocked artery sjoei he was really lucky to be alive what happened with the blood clot??

  • matla - 2011-02-16 09:05

    I am still saying that the institution must be closed down. Nothing seem to be changing year in year out. These boys must just go back to the farms and boer. period

      abrham - 2011-02-16 09:35

      stupid argument ... close down society

      carlokie - 2011-02-16 09:50

      HAHAHAHA - you are a dumbass matla

  • ERS - 2011-02-16 09:14

    But of course it was a racist attack. When a white guy bliksems aother colour person it is RACIST, on the other hand when another grouping attakcs/muders a white guy it a Burglary gone unintentially wrong..... See guys its easy...>Welcome to Africa

      makhosi mase - 2011-02-16 10:06

      psssss. Gues what? reverse syc. Where did the black learn all these trics? I wonder..........

      carlokie - 2011-02-16 14:37

      @makhosi mase - In die bos?

  • carlokie - 2011-02-16 09:43

    I think he was a little pervert - then got his @ss handed to him

      matla - 2011-02-16 10:32

      @CARLOKIE you just need a taste of a township beat down, cracker

      carlokie - 2011-02-16 10:41

      Nice and brave behind that keyboard and screen aren't you matla. You know that your outburst of violent threats are testament to the fact that you do not belong in a civilized society. Maybe you should leave the typing to the people with opinions and brains, and go vent your frustrations with live by going back to chopping trees. Now get back to work - your lunch time is over.

  • Bhuga - 2011-02-16 09:53

    Julle almal praat net 'n klomp kak!

      warr - 2011-02-16 10:05

      Jou kop is vol k@k

  • Gido - 2011-02-16 09:58

    .. was it a racist chicken or a racist tiger?

  • Anoesjka - 2011-02-16 10:06

    i think this asking for attention. i feel sorry for the guy that got strangled but really dont see how he turns the race card on this - do they even know it the guy in the mascot outfit is white? maybe he is Indian, african, coloured perhaps even purple or pink?? Really are we ever going to move on?

  • dvdb27 - 2011-02-16 10:50

    Maybe the mascot is black? And perhaps the mascot got angry when he saw the Indian, because Indian guys ALL end up getting high security IT jobs at places like Standard Bank where money mysteriously goes missing from your bank account... My conclusion: The mascot is black, money went missing from his mother's Standard Bank account and he was looking for someone to take it out on as he could only start university 2 years later!

      vincegraig - 2013-01-11 10:47

      Lol.. Like really now

  • chucky - 2011-02-16 11:44

    forget race, how the f@#$ do u get chased down by a mascot...

      carlokie - 2011-02-16 13:35

      The mascot was a man right? Or did this chap just get wooooped by a chick.