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Race video makers face charges

2008-02-26 21:14

Bloemfontein - Criminal charges are to be brought against those responsible for making a video showing university black women on their knees eating meat that had been urinated on.

The video of University of the Free State employees was condemned "in the strongest possible terms" by the university on Tuesday.

The video, made by the Reitz men's residence, surfaced on Tuesday morning and adds to an already-tense situation at the UFS after student riots about the hostel integration policy.

It allegedly depicts a mock integration of five black staff members.

The rector, Professor Frederick Fourie, said his management condemned the video in the strongest possible terms.

"It's a gross violation of the human dignity of the workers involved."

He said criminal charges would be brought against those responsible.

Speaking to journalists in Bloemfontein, Fourie said there was a strong condemnation of the video by all members of management who had been meeting for most of the day on the issue.

'Integration was the topic'

"We have immediately started with a most-urgent investigation on this matter," he said.

The students involved had been identified and the university had taken steps to suspend them.

Democratic Alliance spokesperson in the Free State, Liana van Wyk, who had seen the video, described it as "shocking and inhumane".

The video shows four white male students taking black, elderly, women workers and making them down a bottle of beer, run a race, play rugby and then kneel and eat meat which had been urinated upon, she said.

"It looked like they were willing (participants), but they didn't know what purpose the video served... it was quite humiliating at the end to see the quite-senior ladies on their knees eating the meat."

The men's residence had chosen integration as the topic of the video they were requested to make.

Fourie said two of the students involved in the video were still studying and had been barred from entering the campus grounds.

The two other students identified on the video completed their studies last year.

Fourie said he was deeply saddened that some students apparently saw nothing wrong in producing such an offensive and degrading video.

Cops on standby

Management had apologised to the workers on Tuesday morning for the video, which was recorded last year.

Meanwhile, police had been notified about the incident and arrangements had been made for them to be present on campus on Tuesday night.

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille condemned the incident and said the matter would be handed to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) to investigate the underlying causes of racial tension on campus.

The SA Students Congress (Sasco) also condemned the students' behaviour.

"The barbaric behaviour of the Afrikaner students in that university still resembles the old apartheid order," said the student body.

Sasco said sympathy strikes would be held across the country against the students' conduct.

The student body said the process of racial integration at the residences of the UFS should continue "whether Afrikaner students like it or not".

Comments
  • Chris - 2008-02-26 20:54

    You must be pretty stupid and insecure to resort to these actions to get attention. I'm glad they are facing charges. Regards to all South Africans from Florida, USA

  • Farhad mahomed - 2008-02-26 21:01

    It is sad that south africans still cannot xcept after 14 years transition 2 live in harmony

  • Chantel - 2008-02-26 21:09

    Ek hoop julle is baie "imprest" met julle self. Danksy sulke ongelooflike "stupid" mense soos julle veroorsaak julle al hoe meer moeilikheid in ons land vir ander wit mense. Julle het hulle tien teen iets belowe of gedryg? Ek sal nooit ooit in my lewe simpatie he vir mense soos julle nie. Wat het julle besiel??? Het julle gedink dit is snaaks? Ek wonder wat ander mense nou van julle gaan dink? Die nagevolge wat dit vir ander wit mense gaan inhou...

  • Benzo - 2008-02-26 21:30

    Before we all go into hysterical mode, consider the following. The film was made last year as part of an assignment under the title ?integration?. In a learning environment one might expect some supervision by lecturers, if not during the making at least at production of the final product. The film then lays somewhere and only surfaces some 3-9 months later when there is already some unrest at the University. Who found it and who brought it to the surface? About the film; the players seemed to be willing. Now we find white students who make a film with willing black players on the issue of integration. The all might have had a ball of a time and integrating in the process. Anyone who knows anything about filmmaking knows that film is the realization of fantasies with the use of technology: ?what you see is not always what happened?. Anyone who has ever made a film, amateur of professional, knows how easy one can create illusions. Question: did the ladies really drink beer? Was the meat really urinated upon? Did the ladies really eat the meat, urinated or not? Was the whole thing an innocent student prang to express students impressions on the issue of integration. From the overall responses on this forum, many people of all races are getting irritated and ?gatvol? by the constant references and demands related to race and integration from officials. Some students disrupt classes, throw dustbins around and break windows; other students are more sophisticated in expressing their anger and use their assignments to do so. Let us adults be a little moderate in our judgment.

  • Me - 2008-02-26 21:31

    I would just like to make it clear that that is NOT behaviour representative of the white afrikaner population. It disgusts me that someone might want to associate me, as a white afrikaner, with animals like that. I hope proper and severe legal action would be taken against them. I understand now why black and coloured people call the afrikaners racists. Please understand that all of us are not like that!

  • Forget the past - 2008-02-26 21:36

    Well well, now isn't this surprising, amazing that when searching for murderers, rapists high jackers and other african barbaric criminals one never hears they are seeking a BLACK male or any reference to colour or race, YET when a white person especially a Afrikaans speaking person does anything wrong then the media can't mention race or colour fast enough. While I absolutely find this type of incident appauling it never ceases to amaze me how one sided our supposed new country has become!!

  • Forget the past - 2008-02-26 21:36

    Well well, now isn't this surprising, amazing that when searching for murderers, rapists high jackers and other african barbaric criminals one never hears they are seeking a BLACK male or any reference to colour or race, YET when a white person especially a Afrikaans speaking person does anything wrong then the media can't mention race or colour fast enough. While I absolutely find this type of incident appauling it never ceases to amaze me how one sided our supposed new country has become!!

  • Forget the past - 2008-02-26 21:36

    Well well, now isn't this surprising, amazing that when searching for murderers, rapists high jackers and other african barbaric criminals one never hears they are seeking a BLACK male or any reference to colour or race, YET when a white person especially a Afrikaans speaking person does anything wrong then the media can't mention race or colour fast enough. While I absolutely find this type of incident appauling it never ceases to amaze me how one sided our supposed new country has become!!

  • Forget the past - 2008-02-26 21:36

    Well well, now isn't this surprising, amazing that when searching for murderers, rapists high jackers and other african barbaric criminals one never hears they are seeking a BLACK male or any reference to colour or race, YET when a white person especially a Afrikaans speaking person does anything wrong then the media can't mention race or colour fast enough. While I absolutely find this type of incident appauling it never ceases to amaze me how one sided our supposed new country has become!!

  • Forget the past - 2008-02-26 21:36

    Well well, now isn't this surprising, amazing that when searching for murderers, rapists high jackers and other african barbaric criminals one never hears they are seeking a BLACK male or any reference to colour or race, YET when a white person especially a Afrikaans speaking person does anything wrong then the media can't mention race or colour fast enough. While I absolutely find this type of incident appauling it never ceases to amaze me how one sided our supposed new country has become!!

  • Forget the past - 2008-02-26 21:36

    Well well, now isn't this surprising, amazing that when searching for murderers, rapists high jackers and other african barbaric criminals one never hears they are seeking a BLACK male or any reference to colour or race, YET when a white person especially a Afrikaans speaking person does anything wrong then the media can't mention race or colour fast enough. While I absolutely find this type of incident appauling it never ceases to amaze me how one sided our supposed new country has become!!

  • Helen - 2008-02-26 21:56

    I'm a student at Kovsies, and I have seen the video, and I don't know what to say. I feel ashamed that I am the same race and culture as the guys that made it. Please don't think that we are all the same, because we are not. I can't begin to explain how shocked and unhappy I am about this!

  • Chumani Ntlale - 2008-02-26 22:14

    There is no greater sadness than having to watch someone who gave birth to you being stripped of their dignity by a someone your own age. It then bags the question, would you as an offspring do that to your own parent black or white?

  • Bodie - 2008-02-26 22:18

    Can only happen in the Free State. True dutchman mentality. Amazing that there are still so many of them in positions of power and influence. Just check the major corporations Board of Directors listings. Anyhow, it seems the average IQ of uni students has dropped radically over the years - to do something like this and then still film the evidence to ensure your guilt - DOF!!

  • Gustav - 2008-02-26 22:32

    Ek wens net elke berig van moord en verkragting kan soveel aandag soos die kry...of is die nou erger as moord???

  • Malan - 2008-02-26 22:34

    I totally agree with you. Cannot think that anyone would participate willingly. This was for Video purposes. There is no evidence that it was bear that was drunk or that the meat that was eaten was the same meat. Media sensation again. I would love to hear what the black woman in the video would like to say? There side of the story! Bet you if it is as we say that it would not even make E-TV headlines like tonight. Up yours to E-TV. Get the other side's story before you start something like this

  • Ozza - 2008-02-26 22:43

    We can comment on this article and not the Shiak / Zuma one.............surely you people can read and see that the article in it's self incriminates zuma, bribbery and corruption can not only have one side? BACK to the article ...........Idiots you should have destroyed the evidence......... All Men will revert to many different forms of expression, especially in these times, of when men as a whole are being suppressed, degraded and expected to just accept these new standards of democracy.

  • Sparks - 2008-02-26 22:49

    Sadly this is what is happening currently at UFS black students are afraid of sleeping in their residences as they fear for their lives. UFS will never come right this matter must be handled as in yesterday. Minister of Education must attend this matter the sooner the better the march of tommorow will not serve a purpose until everybody concerned gets punished.

  • Mpumza - 2008-02-26 23:00

    It is so sad that there are people who are actually protecting the hooligans, whether we like it or not, it is a matter of race, however one needs to understand that not all afrikaner people are racists. I hope something is done and done quickly before the situation gets out of hand, as there are a lot of angry black students out there.

  • someone who knows - 2008-02-26 23:00

    Did any of you who are so against it really hear the story from a another perspective?It was in the name of fun and it's purpose was not racial abuse but just plain fun between the students who live in the hostel and the workers who work there. If you are a student at the university and you live in a hostel you would know that you have a special bond with that workers and the upper most respect for them to not think that a funny video between "friends" would be ripped out of preportion.

  • Miniche-Mine Oelofse - 2008-02-26 23:04

    All the people that doesn't know the hole story, can't say anything. Sensation is what this is about!!!!!

  • Jarrod - 2008-02-26 23:15

    I agree with all that is said there. I just don't feel they should use the word afrikaner, it gives the rioting people a target as a whole to go for (The innocent afrikaans people that are there). All blame should be put on those 4 idiots and not an entire language!

  • Karen - 2008-02-26 23:19

    I was a student at Kovsies and I think that this is very disturbing...No matter my race I just think that any Any person who does anything like this to another person (black or white) should know that there is something wrong with them. Can't we all just live in peace...From both sides?

  • puffy - 2008-02-26 23:21

    I am a student at KOVSIES. What happened was wrong, but it has been blown up incredibly by the media.I also stay in a hostel and know that the bond between the workers(like the "victims" in this case) and the resident students are very strong.They are always up for sports and willingly participated.The News doesn't show where everyone is dancing, laughing and receives a bottle of whiskey for their efforts.The whole story must be known before judgement is passed.

  • Graham - 2008-02-26 23:28

    It is very difficult to pass judgement without seeing the film, but I gather from the article that the "stars" were willing participants... SASCO is quick to jump on the bandwagon of condemnation - "barbaric behaviour of the Afrikaner students". Talk about a generalisation. Post a video link so we can all make up our own minds.

  • Boy'tjie from Bloem - 2008-02-26 23:28

    Why did the video only surface now, almost six months after the fact? Unfortunately the real issue has again been 'neatly' sidestepped. Top management of the UFS has persisted in disregarding the wishing and requests of students especially those residing in hostels. Several attempts have been made to consult with Top Management, but these efforts have been in vain. As a stakeholder in this in varsity, I'm saddened, but I'm even more saddened by the total disregard of the main issue behind it all.

  • Ethel the Unready - 2008-02-26 23:29

    "Get the other side's story before you start something like this." So Malan, wat presies reken jy is die ou wat in iemand se kos pis se kant van die storie?

  • ridwan - 2008-02-26 23:30

    The media is blowing this out of proportion ...huh? 4 white students piss on meat and the elderly Black workers eat it and this is a matter of the skewed lens of the media? Right. Racist white apologists have obviously not disappeared in South Africa. This is a a disgusting case of white racism and nothing less. Now who are the savages again?

  • Afrikaner - 2008-02-26 23:35

    I'm an afrikaner, and I condemn racism in every form and at every level. But when white journalists were chased away at the black journalist forum I didn't classify all black people as racist. I think a select few were being racist. I have black friends for goodness sake, and I don't appreciate being made part of something I'm not. As a Kovsie I think what happened was sick, period.

  • Sparks - 2008-02-26 23:44

    U urinate in food and expect people to eat it and claim it is in the name of fun, if I urinate in ur food and tell u it is in the name of fun will u eat it? Pls do not undermine our inteligence I am a past Kovsie and know the mentality of the whites in that Varsity, management included nothing will change. If the tables where turned and it was black students who were at fault a different story will have unfolded by now. They would have been blocked as I am typing this comment.

  • John - 2008-02-26 23:47

    The media is starting a war between black&white people blowing everything out off purportion.At least they weren't raped or got thier heads shot off.This is so stupid,why do the media go on about these useless stories and why won't they show news about white people losing thier lives and dignities by getting raped and killed by black's.oh i forgot it's reversed apartheid time.

  • Student - 2008-02-26 23:56

    I am a student at Kovsies.I find the actions of these men,I mean little boys,horrific and inhumane.I think these individuals should be named and shamed!I want to make one very important point.Not all the Kovsie students are like this.As in all parts of society there is the "rotten apple" and just the same they should be cast out.These individuals do not represent the uni and an example should be made of them that racism will not be tolerated.Especially not @uni's.Politics has no place on campus!

  • Anonymous - 2008-02-27 00:07

    I takes different forms in different residences. The was luckily captured or it would just be a fairy tale

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