Malema late for Reitz talks

2009-10-29 12:12

Bloemfontein - ANC Youth League president Julius Malema and University of the Free State rector Jonathan Jansen were in talks on Thursday morning about a decision to pardon the so-called Reitz four.

Malema arrived about 20 minutes late for his 11:00 meeting and was greeted by a group of reporters at the entrance of the main building of the Bloemfontein campus.

About 30 students sat in the shade, waiting for Malema to emerge from the meeting. He was expected to address a group of protesters that had gathered at the gate of the university.

Jansen recently announced that the former students would be allowed to return to campus and continue their studies if they wanted to.

Still facing charges

But RC Malherbe, Johnny Roberts, Schalk van der Merwe and Danie Grobler still faced charges of crimen injuria in court.

Two of the students had already completed their studies but two others were planning to return to campus.

The four allegedly made a video in which five black university employees were shown taking part in a mock initiation into hostel activities, which landed the institution in a racial storm in 2008.

The employees were filmed on their hands and knees eating food which had apparently been urinated on by a white student.

Jansen's decision drew wide-spread criticism, causing him to start a "consultation process" about the matter.