Varsity protest over shock video

2008-02-27 08:58

Bloemfontein - Workers at the University of the Free State sang and carried posters ahead of a protest on Wednesday over a student video showing black workers' dignity being violated.

The video surfaced on Tuesday, but was made last year September, and includes footage of a group of black workers eating meat that had been urinated on.

The group of black and white workers plan to march to university management to hand over a memorandum expressing their concern over the video.

The video depicts four white male students taking black, elderly, female workers and making them down a bottle of beer, run a race, play rugby and then kneel and eat the meat, according to Democratic Alliance spokesperson in the province, Liana Van Wyk, who has seen the video.

"It looked like they were willing [participants] but they didn't know what purpose the video served...," she said.

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union and other worker unions gathered at the campus entrance on Wednesday morning bearing posters that read: "Fourie do something or we will" and "Stop this white arrogance".

University rector Frederick Fourie and university management have condemned the video.

Fourie said two of the students involved in the video were still studying and had since been barred from entering the campus grounds and the other two had completed their studies last year.

Police have blocked the road outside the campus and will monitor the march until it is concluded.