ANC demands major UFS changes

2008-03-11 21:13

Bloemfontein - Total transformation is needed at the University of the Free State (UFS), said the African National Congress in the Free State on Tuesday.

Provincial party spokesperson Playfair Morule said the recent "dehumanising video" which surfaced at the university was just the tip of the iceberg of racist tendencies at the university.

"This disgusting, heinous, barbaric situation has called for all progressive forces to unite and confront this illustrious demon of racism," Morule said in Bloemfontein after a meeting with unions and student bodies.

The student video, which caused national outrage, featured black university employees on their knees eating food which had apparently been urinated on by white students.

It was filmed last year by students from the Reitz men's residence and depicted a mock initiation of five staff into hostel activities.

Morule accused the UFS of double standards in handling the situation on campus since the video surfaced.

He said that while the university management condemned the racist acts at the institution, at the same time it had interdicted students and workers "who have borne the brunt of the untold experiences of naked racism" from taking part in peaceful marches.

Want to march on campus

Morule said a protest march was planned for Friday, March 14, to the UFS by the ANC and its alliance partners to condemn the making of the video.

Present at the meeting on Tuesday were the ANC, the South African Students Congress, the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union.

Morule also indicated that the ANC had asked its lawyers to try and get the interdicts, which barred all protests on the Bloemfontein campus, set aside.

The ANC was also looking at "political intervention" at management level to allow the protest march to enter the campus.