AfriForum youth to subpoena Jansen, UFS

2015-03-23 15:35
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Johannesburg - AfriForum Youth on Monday said its lawyers will serve a subpoena on the University of the Free State (UFS) and its rector Professor Jonathan Jansen.

This was part of a damages claim against the university and Jansen, instituted by two former white students who had been accused of attacking a black student.

Cobus Muller and Charl Blom want compensation of R500 000 each after apparently being excluded from campus.

They are claiming the money from Jansen and the UFS for damages, including wasted expenses, delayed access to the labour market, and impairment of their dignity and reputation.

Last year, the Bloemfontein Regional Court found them not guilty of an attack on fellow student Muzi Gwebu on the UFS's Bloemfontein campus.

Muller had faced charges of reckless driving, crimen injuria, attempted murder and assault, while Blom had faced a charge of assault.

Both pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Gwebu was a final year BCom economics student when, in February last year, he was run over by a bakkie, apparently driven by Muller and Blom.

AfriForum Youth chairperson Henk Maree said in a statement: "We received a letter from the attorneys of the UFS and Professor Jansen on Friday in which they deny any accountability."

The UFS said its attorneys had responded to a letter of demand from Muller and Blom's attorneys, which was received on 4 March.

"Neither Professor Jonathan Jansen, UFS vice chancellor and rector, nor the university will discuss the content thereof in the media."

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