Reitz video stories win awards

2008-10-04 22:27

Bloemfontein - A video that dumped the University of the Free State into a racial storm featured strongly at the regional Vodacom Journalist of the Year awards in Bloemfontein.

Five of the eleven awards announced at a gala dinner on Friday related to journalists' work surrounding the video made by four students from the university's Reitz men's hostel. The video sparked a national and international outcry.

Among others, it featured black university employees on their knees eating food which had apparently been urinated upon by a white student.

It depicts a mock initiation of five black staff members into hostel activities and refers openly to the university's integration policy for campus residences announced in 2007 and implemented this year.

Volksblad's Henry Cloete won the print news award while the paper's columnist Christo van Staden won the columnist award for his column translated as a letter to The Reitz video makers.

Volksblad photographer was also a winner on the same topic.

In the broadcast category SAFM's Solly Mphatso as well as eNews Prime Time's Charlene and Eddie Stanley won awards for coverage of the Reitz affair in their respective categories.

Othe winners were in Print Features, Anton Smith of Passi magazine, the Volksblad cartoonist Gavin Petersen and Sake 24's Vida Booysen won the financial reporting category.

Cindè Greyling of Passi magazine took the sports reporting award while Owen Kock won the radio feature category.

Charlene and Eddie Stanley won the television feature award for their 3rd Degree feature on hardships that South African farm workers and their children must overcome.

The winners each receive R7 500 and will compete in the national finals, which will be held on Friday, November 7, at The Sandton Sun.