Papers lodged at Equality Court over Reitz race video

2010-07-02 13:50

The case for redress for the four University of Free State workers

shown in a video made by students, will be heard on July 27 in the Bloemfontein

Equality Court, the South African Human Rights Commission said today.

“The SA Human Rights Commission has lodged papers with the

Bloemfontein Equality Court to seek redress on behalf of the four black female

University of Free State workers who were grossly humiliated when four white

male students recorded and disseminated an insulting and indignifying (sic)

video on them,” the commission said in a statement.

The commission asked the court to order that the students be

declared guilty of unfair discrimination by act and omission by making the video

and distributing it.

The commission also asked that the students apologise to the women,

to all black women and to black people in general. The apology should be

“unqualified and generous”.

The commission further asked for an order that the students be made

to pay jointly general and punitive damages of R1 million to each of the


The commission asked for an order to the university to present a

comprehensive plan to the court, outlining remedial measures to be put in place

to support and afford redress to the women, and to prevent such an incident from

occurring again.

The commission also asked for remedial measures to eradicate the

culture of racial and gender intolerance at the university in general and the

Reitz hostel in particular. It asked that, if any of the students were

re-admitted to the university, they be sent for diversity and racial integration


The video was leaked to the media in February 2008. It showed the

women drinking from bottles of beer, racing against each other, eating from a

dish, vomiting into buckets, dancing and playing rugby. It also showed one of

the four students urinating into a dish that appears to contain food.

Reitz hostel was closed after the existence of the video came out.

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