Reitz 4 want R1m to talk

2011-02-27 19:51

Johannesburg - The Reitz Four are truly sorry about humiliating five workers in a racist video and they are willing to talk about their experience – for a fee of R1m.

Last Friday night’s reconciliation ceremony at the Free State University campus took an unpleasant turn on Saturday when it was revealed that that was the amount the four former students wanted to pocket from speaking to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) about the event.

The bid came just 30 minutes before Roelof Malherbe, Schalk van der Merwe, Johnny Roberts and Danie Grobler stood on a podium and asked the workers for forgiveness.

The BBC asked the men’s lawyer, Christo Dippenaar, who attended the reconciliation function with them, for an interview with the four after the university banned interviews.

Dippenaar responded with a text message to the BBC’s correspondent in South Africa, Karen Allen, in which he demanded R1m for an exclusive interview.

The BBC refused.

Dippenaar said their negotiations with the BBC did not mean the men’s gesture on Friday night was not honest. “They have been through hell, mainly because of the media,” he said.


Friday night’s ceremony was hailed by the university and the SA Human Rights Commission (HRC) as a “historic” gesture “crucial to national reconciliation and social cohesion in the country”.

The university’s vice chancellor, Jonathan Jansen, denied that they “manufactured” reconciliation rather than allowing it to happen naturally.

At the ceremony the four former students read a statement of apology which was then accepted by the victims in a corresponding statement.

Sceptical workers, ordinary citizens and students from all race groups criticised the move as a “stage-managed” attempt at reconciliation and a further humiliation for the victims and the perpetrators.

Jansen said: “When Nelson Mandela started the process of reconciliation there were always those who asked these kinds of questions [about the honesty of the process].”

Jansen stressed that reconciliation at the university was a process, and said it was not possible for the institution’s 30 000 students and 2 000 staff to agree on everything.

“Are we there? No. Are we getting there? Yes,” he said.

Pregs Govender, deputy chairperson of the HRC, added: “This is not an event. It is a social process. What we have seen here is a significant step towards transformation.”

Commission chairperson Lawrence Mushwana said the saga was “difficult and heart-breaking” but “we crafted what ended up as a reconciliation agreement”.

  • Firebird - 2011-02-27 20:11

    WTF, make money out of an assault. You are kidding right? Who cares about "their" story. Assault is assault and they should respect other peoples values and be accountable for their actions.

      WPWW - 2011-02-28 07:49

      have you even seen the video, there's no assault, it an SA jackass video brilliant, they shoudl sell the video to jackass.

      Eric West - 2011-02-28 10:09

      Why don't you watch the video before making your stupid comments? There were no assaults and, in fact, there was no humiliation of the workers, either! They were willing participants in the whole saga. That is, until some idiot shouted "racists!" and some shrewd lawyer saw an opportunity to make a fast buck! My blood boils every time I hear someone talk about "racism" and the "humiliation of the poor wekkahs"!

  • Alfred - 2011-02-27 20:19

    The only thing I have to say about this is... How many of you even heard about a second Reitz video where the victims were white?

      factsforlive - 2011-02-28 05:36

      The media do not give it nearly as much attention. White victims not newsworthy. It Seems. Sickening!!!!

      Wendy - 2011-02-28 13:21


  • Stefanus - 2011-02-27 20:29

    Take the money and give half of it to the workers.

      honky - 2011-02-28 08:32

      THis is how I also feel.

      Meanleader - 2011-06-24 12:59

      stefanus are not an ignorant monkey's all lies !

  • Fossiel - 2011-02-27 20:35

    Well if I had enough of the press I would also ask an amount which is sure to keep them out of my life.

  • G.du Plessis - 2011-02-27 20:42

    I am sure they are genuine in their reconciliation, but am appalled that they now want to make money out of it. Move on, work hard and get a job or start a business - like the rest of us!

      jouplesier - 2011-02-28 03:55

      they cant; they were expelled from university

  • Wessel - 2011-02-27 20:47

    What they must get and will by the way the are again conducting themselves is a flippin proper hiding that they will never ever forget when they look in a mirror for the rest of their idiotic lives...the damn audacity of it and any of you that agree with them...shame on you, have you not had enough of the racist your lives be good to one another and cherrish what we still have in this country...let us not loose the moment. Look at the rest of Africa you honestly believe its not possible here...if you do it's foolish arrogance!

      Meanleader - 2011-06-24 13:05

      Get educated Wossel ! Look at the rest of Africa ......and you actually believe this road we are on is going to be different from every other black corrupt government ... you need to have a brain implant son !

  • gilbert.motsaathebe - 2011-02-27 20:57

    some things never change.

      johanduv - 2011-02-27 21:34

      Yip. Like Africa hey?

  • Dharmesh - 2011-02-27 21:03

    Feel like puking. These morons want money cause they suffered??? Can someone please explain to these chaps what they did was wrong on every level?

      johanduv - 2011-02-27 21:34

      Funny - how the workers seemed to enjoy every minute of it in the video. You remember parts where they laughed out loud in the bar? Anyway.

      ProudofPink - 2011-02-27 23:48

      johanduv I wonder if they've recovered the gun that was held to their heads. Also wonder who told them they were 'humiliated' six months after the event. Strange they needed someone to tell them as they were unaware they felt it.

  • JCTF - 2011-02-27 21:07


  • Lankmoedig - 2011-02-27 21:08

    Media. julle bliksems. Julle betaal vet geld vir bekendes se troues, en julle boor in mense se privaat lewens vir stories, en julle het heerlik getap uit die Reitz debakekel - alles vir 'n ou geldjie, om darem net aan die gang te bly. Nou, nadat die "Reitz Vier" so te sê vernietig is (dankie aan die media vir hul leeue aandeel) maak julle 'n bespotting van hulle omdat hulle hul storie wil verkoop aan die media. Julle bly maar 'n spul luise op 'n hond se rug.

      Heks - 2011-02-27 21:17

      Reg gese my maat

      Meanleader - 2011-06-24 13:08

      Correction ....Spul luise op n' hond se gat !!!!

  • Brendon - 2011-02-27 21:13

    Ask for 2 million! Even though you guys are jock bastards you deserve it after all the false crap laid against you. Then go back to the press and the opportunistic people behind this tirade and give them the middle finger. At the end of the day it was just another ploy by the goverment to keep whites in their 'little box of guilt'. We dont speak up, we dont vote, we dont strike, why? Because of this box of guilt were in. Wake up!

  • lekkerlag - 2011-02-27 22:07

    Good for them ... if you want us to read all the "skinner" .. you pay for it.

      Meanleader - 2011-06-24 13:10

      Yeah ...make the BBC mother flickers pay ...they were the ones spreading false media coverage in the past , and love to lie and misrepresent !! Make these devils pay big time ... go reitz 4 !

  • VM1 - 2011-02-27 22:08

    Time to cash in . time to cash in

  • phunkylizzyswan - 2011-02-27 22:13

    They should ask for R1 million each just like the workers did. Besides I would ask for 1 million just to get rid of the press.

  • motsokwane - 2011-02-27 22:56

    Go on you greedy rats,ask for more.Let the world see what we have to keep up with in RSA.

      Phumzile - 2011-02-28 09:53

      oh BLIP,why are u so bitter?

  • lara.zhivago - 2011-02-27 23:31

    Ubuntufied Legal Lynching in Rainbow Hypocrisy SA: The Reitz 4 TRC Fraud Prostitution Circus

  • DiePriester - 2011-02-28 07:34

    Doesn't matter what anyone says, it was a brilliant video, so enjoyed it.

  • Mauritz Swanepoel - 2011-02-28 07:47

    I find this completely ironic that the same white people (oh and trust me i'm white) could now defend these 4 for trying to make money of the same story where when the workers when they demanded money was being called "opportunistic" and "trying to make money". I fully think this complete story was utterly blown out of proportion and both ends of the tail is equally full of crap BUT if you're white and feel that "it's now right" for the white guy to go corrupt because the black man did it then that must be your viewpoint through-out and that makes YOU just as corrupt as any goverment individual. If you want to stand for what is right, do it but don't do it based on the colour of the persons skin. There is no win in corruption irrespective who the guilty party is.

      Brook - 2011-06-14 07:14

      thank you Mauritz i fully agree with you

      7dust - 2011-06-14 07:56

      as do I

      Meanleader - 2011-06-24 13:19

      Mauritz ...what you don't understand is that these boys did no wrong !!! The Reitz 4 are the victims here ...just check the video ...The backlash was a racist pursuit by this corrupt ANC cabal .And the opportunistic claim by the workers was one of the most hideous frauds I have ever witnessed !! Good for them if the reitz 4 want money from the biggest corrupt media zoo in the world !

  • Sonja - 2011-02-28 08:10

    Corruption? They've been put through hell these kids, if someone wants their story and they feel like selling, why de hell not. Will help them pay all the legal fees I can imagine! You go boys! I bet you the ladies are going to sell their story too, or sorry didnt they already?

  • JF - 2011-02-28 08:34

    WTF?? Nou wil hulle geld maak!!???

  • theone - 2011-02-28 08:56

    typical poor white people trying to score. ha ha haa

      Alfred - 2011-02-28 11:49

      Riiight, 'cos the money they paid to the black women is genuinely going to heal their hurt feelings.

  • wmutahi - 2011-02-28 09:03

    Am really surprised by the shallow approach by UFS and the SA human rights comission in resolving this issue. Forcing the students to apologise does not resolve anything. The so called "victims" should also be taken to task for accepting to take part in this activity. Were they forced?, if so did any of them report this to management at UFS?, if not are there no structures set up at UFS to deal with such issues?. Whether racist or not, these workers exposed themselves to this so called humiliation. Again like I've stated in a past comment, bullying someone into respecting you will never work unless you can respect and dignify yourself first. The african black people in this country need to learn how to respect themselves and be confidently proud of themselves. Then they will have the courage to say NO to such activities that may end up being humiliating to them. Am a black person and I'd be embarassed to see my mother engaging in such an activity, but I know she wouldn't because she's proud of who she is and is confident enough to say NO to anyone regardless of color, creed or perceived level in society. Hence in addition to reprimanding the students, I'd like to see UFS also reprimand these workers and instill a sense of dignity in them. It's time we brought victim mentality in this country to and end. While this story has been racialised, it is within the student's rights to tell their experience, whether they decide to sell it or otherwise.

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-02-28 09:15

    They have to make money its the recession

  • daaivark - 2011-02-28 10:45

    I find it disgusting that they are trying to cash in on their own stupid action. Sure, charge the BBC (or anyone else for that matter), but distribute the money via the new reconciliation centre.

  • Wendy - 2011-02-28 13:20


      Mike-O - 2011-06-24 07:58

      Their lives were ruined for a silly prank, go for it! Hope they get it. Afterall money made the workers feel better, these guys need to feel better too for being humiliated around the world.

  • Baboon - 2011-02-28 14:07

    I have a really good story for the BBC its about a country where white farmers are brutally murdered almost on a daily basis, while the government fights in court for the right to sing a song whose title translates to "Shoot the farmer". Isnt the BBC interested in state sponsored genocide? I suppose not when the victims are white...

  • Christopher - 2011-06-24 09:01

    Seems to me like they haven't really changed in their attitude at all. And wanting R1m to talk? Only if the money goes to an appropriate bursary fund. Somehow I doubt those 4 had that in mind!!!

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