Reitz video case postponed

2010-02-24 12:44

THE Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court today postponed the crimen

injuria case of four former University of the Free State (UFS) students to July

for trial.

The four students RC Malherbe, Johnny Roberts, Schalk van der Merwe

and Danie Grobler are facing charges for humiliating five workers at the


The students made a video of an initiation-type ceremony in 2007

while living at the university’s now closed Reitz men’s residence.

The four women cleaners and a man are seen on their hands and knees

eating food which had apparently been urinated into by a white student.

The students also express opposition to the university’s

integration policy in the video.

The video surfaced in 2008 and caused an international outcry

landing the UFS in a racial storm.

During the short court session the state informed the court that

representations made by the accused to the provincial office of the public

prosecutor in Bloemfontein failed. It gave no reasons.

This was confirmed by the students’ lawyer Christo Dippenaar.

The matter was postponed to July 27 for a trial which is expected

to take three days.

In contrast to protests during previous court appearances by the

students, today’s appearance went quietly without any protesters.

The workers and Grobler, one of the students, were not in court



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