Reitz 4, victims to reconcile

2011-02-21 22:25

Bloemfontein - A two day reconciliation programme is planned for the "Reitz Four" students and the University of the Free State workers they humiliated in a video-taped initiation-type ceremony, the UFS announced on Monday.

UFS Rector Jonathan Jansen confirmed that an out of court settlement had been reached in the equality court matter the workers instituted against the former students and the UFS.

"There is now a settlement that was reached between the UFS, the four former students and the five workers," Jansen said.

The UFS and the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) would give more details on the "deed of settlement" on Friday, he said.

The students' legal representative Christo Dippenaar confirmed that an agreement had been reached, but could not elaborate.

The Equality Court charges relate to the students' humiliation of five black workers in an initiation-type ceremony which they filmed while living at the University's now-closed Reitz men's residence in 2007.

In papers filed at the court, the workers Emmah Koko, Rebecca Adams, Naomi Phororo, Mittah Ntlatseng and David Molete asked that the former students apologise to black women and black people in general and pay them R1m each.

Important announcements

Jansen said a private reconciliation dinner between the former students and the workers would take place on Thursday night.

"It is a very important event. It would be the first time the students and staff would be able to be together in one place."

After a private meeting there would be a broader dinner occasion which would involve families of the students and staff.

On Friday, the UFS and the SAHRC would host a seminar on reconciliation which would be followed by a "closed guest list" reconciliation ceremony.

Jansen said prominent South Africans would speak on social justice at the seminar.

At the evening ceremony, the students would read their statements of apology and the workers would respond with statements of acceptance and acknowledgement of the pleas of the students.

Jansen said after the ceremony various important announcements would follow.

The former students RC Malherbe, Johnny Roberts, Schalk van der Merwe and Danie Grobler were fined R20 000 each, or 12 months in jail, in July 2009 after pleading guilty to a charge of crimen injuria.

They were later granted leave to appeal their sentence. This appeal will be heard in June.

  • ProudofPink - 2011-02-21 22:34


  • Assegaai - 2011-02-22 00:37

    What happened to those black scholars that was pulling those white kids around on the floor and throwing water on them in that initiation?

      Picasso - 2011-02-22 07:38

      Yes Kaleidoscope, it was so cruel the 'victims' were laughing.

      saritavdm - 2011-02-22 07:53

      It was all just innocent student fun!! The racists of this country went and ripped the whole story apart, shame on you!!! I suggest you go and watch the video again, it was all innocent. I wish all these people were there when we were in gr 8, I'm sure some of our matrics would definately still be serving their jail sentences!!

      4daluvofSA - 2011-02-22 10:03

      They were made to drink pis and they didn't know!! To them it was just a game hence the reason they were laughing until they found out....

      alessandroz067 - 2011-02-22 10:19


  • Kevin Rack - 2011-02-22 04:17

    What happended to the black kids that did the same thing at the same university at the same time on video to white kids???? Certain cadres are adding race to almost every event to try and marginalise whites while they rape the country. The ANC are starting Radio whispers of Rwanda as they push to become autocraitc milatant dictatorship modeled on the failed policies of their heroes ZANU PF. The reason why the other kids got away with the same thing is the white community are appathetic and does nothing while they are slowly been drowned.

  • factsforlive - 2011-02-22 06:00


  • outoftheblue - 2011-02-22 08:13

    And I sincerely hope that the women involved will also get counslling on how to stand up for one's rights and refuse to take part in any action which woul be demeaning to onesself. There is absolutely no point if they do not do this too.

  • wmutahi - 2011-02-22 08:51

    If someone puts themselves in a position of ridicule, they will be ridiculed, be it by a 12year old, 40 year old, green, yellow, white, black or blue. These women put themselves in such a position and unfortunately it was white kids who made fools of them, and now it becomes a race issue. Had it not been the white kids, it would have been someone else, blue, green or whatever race or age. These are mature women who should know better and be able to set an example to their families who look upto them as parents. I am not saying the ridiculers in this case should get away with it but I believe everyone was at fault and these women should not play the victim. I am a black person and am disgusted that they should hide under the black race and play the victim. The first thing towards earning respect from someone else is first respect yourself and everyone else's respect will fall into place, you cannot earn respect by begging for it or playing the victim. It is your responsibility to respect yourself and you cannot play the victim and pass that responsibility to someone else. If you have no respect for yourself, I'll be damned to respect you - whatever race or age I am. Unfortunately the judgement in this case and hence the justice system in this country is not helping african black people to realise their self worth and be proud of it, but it continues to push the race agenda in this country even where it does not exist and hence causing divisions and propagating the victim mentality of african black people.

      Viparo - 2011-02-22 09:35

      I agree. In the video they're laughing and having fun, but somewhere they realised they can cash in on this. As you say, they agreed to partake in it, only to cry fowl afterward. Nobody forced them, they partook at their own free will.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-02-22 15:22

      I agree.. its stories like this that never die that just keep perpetuating the myth that black people, especially women, are helpless victims. What angers me the most about the whole thing is that these grown women irrespective of their race let a bunch of snot-nosed youngsters treat them with such disrespect. Women shouldn't be taking that kind of crap from any man! When are South African women going to realise their worth? We are not second-class citizens!

  • Jakkals - 2011-02-22 09:22

    Dit is siek. Die klomp werkers het hulle so geniet en so gelag daaroor. As dit wittes wat het daar niks van gekom nie. Die klomp swartes het 'n verskriklike minderwaardigheidskompleks. En hulle sal altyd daaragter skuil want daar is nie pille wat daarvoor help nie

  • sve - 2011-02-22 09:33

    I wonder who's preparing dinner this time.

  • - 2011-02-22 09:52

    How come Malema is not made to reconcile for his continued defiance of our courts and now ANCircus wants to join appeal against judgement. Real true democracy at work here.

  • barkers - 2011-02-22 10:40

    Reconciliation Dinner? Ill pass thanks, revenge is a dish best served cold!!

  • 50something - 2011-02-22 13:06

    It is pathetic, the whole thing has been turned into a politcal circus and I can only guess who is fuelling the agenda! These guys did not rape or assault anyone. I can just imagine how this seminar will go with the closed guest list - Will Malema and Zuma read there apologies to women and farmers as well?

  • Snoopy88 - 2011-02-22 15:16

    Good grief but they can go on and on about this... Really now. Its done, they were punished and humiliated in return. Let's move on and focus on something of more importance like why we don't have a functioning sex offender register for a paltry R5m but we can spend R70m on a party for the Reds??

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