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.

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