UFS student video case on hold

2008-10-10 11:17

Bloemfontein - The case against four former University of the Free State students, who made a video which landed the university in a racial storm earlier this year, was postponed to next month.

RC Malherbe, Johnny Roberts, Schalk van der Merwe and Danie Grobler, former residents of the now closed Reitz men's residence, face charges of crimen injuria.

The case was postponed because an advocate, on behalf of the four men, could not be in court on Friday.

The matter was postponed to November 14 when a trial date would be finalised.

The four men were not in court.

Three of them - Malherbe, Roberts and Van der Merwe - were released on a warning during a previous court appearance.

The case against fourth accused, Danie Grobler, from Namibia, will be joined with theirs.

The video, of a mock initiation of five black staff members into hostel activities, sparked a national and international outcry.

It featured black university employees on their knees eating food supposedly urinated on by a white student.

In the video, students referred to the university's integration policy for campus residences announced in 2007 and implemented this year.

The four women and one male worker shown in the video are expected to testify.

The UFS closed Reitz as a result of the video, saying the building would be changed into an "institute for diversity".