Cosatu: Dismiss UFS management

2008-05-29 21:12

Johannesburg - The management of the University of the Free State should be dismissed for failing to curb racism, the Congress of SA Trade Unions said on Thursday.

Spokesperson Sam Mashinini said the Rector, Frederick Fourie, and the management of the University had failed to transform the institution.

"The management of the university is not capable of transforming the institution unless they can start first by disclosing why they failed to transform in the past fourteen years," Mashinini said.

The university was in the spotlight earlier this year when a racist video made by former students at the Reitz hostel sparked an outcry.

The video featured black university employees on their knees eating food which had apparently been urinated upon by a white student.

Mashinini said the Rector had brought the university, Free State province and the country into "disrepute for allowing racism to breed right under his nose".

He said the Rector should be dismissed in order to avoid setting a bad precedent.

Mashinini called for the university council to be disbanded.

"The council should be disbanded as it allowed racism to breed under their noses. The council must do the honourable thing and bow out disgracefully," he said.

The trade union body, however, welcomed the decision of the university to close down the Reitz hostel.

"The Reitz hostel should not have existed in the first place, therefore its closure has always been an eventuality," Mashinini said.

Sapa was unable to obtain comment from the university.