Racial tension at intervarsity

2010-08-08 08:55

Bloemfontein – Students who gathered for Saturday's intervarsity rugby match between the North-West University and the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein were greeted by an armoured Casspir and police members.

Racial tension was running high at the University of the Free State over the weekend.

Police were called in after the university on Friday was granted a court order in the Bloemfontein High Court to prevent Sasco, an ANC-affiliated student organisation, from damaging property, assaulting or intimidating people.

Security guards maintained a strong presence at the rugby matches on Saturday and were supported by police.

Netball and hockey matches had to be cancelled on Friday after Sasco supporters ran onto the fields. They swore at players and threatened them.

Netball players said they had been frightened and feared that violence would break out.

Sasco said on Friday it was boycotting the intervarsity as the North-West University was "racist" and wasn't transforming.

But Rudi Buys, student dean at the University of the Free State said Sasco's actions had more to do with a coming student body election.

University of the Free State rector Professor Jonathan Jansen suspended the student representative council and student parliament on Friday night and banned all party politics for the time being.

  
 


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