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Police open UFS dossier

2008-02-29 22:35

Bloemfontein - Police are investigating a case of crimen injuria in relation to the racist video made by students at the University of the Free State (UFS).

Spokesperson Superintendent Annelie Wrensch said a docket had been opened, based on the video footage.

"Parkweg police investigated the footage contained in the video allegedly made by four students at UFS and based on the information obtained, it was decided that a case docket of crimen injuria would be opened," she said.

The video, which caused national outrage, features black university employees on their knees eating food which had apparently been urinated on by white students.

It was filmed last year by students from the Reitz men's residence.

The film depicts a mock initiation of five black staff members into hostel activities and refers openly to the university's diversity policy for campus residences announced in 2007.

Wrensch said the Director of Public Prosecutions would decide whether to prosecute or not after the investigation had been completed.

Police were still keeping watch on the Bloemfontein campus of the unversity on Friday after anger over the video sparked protests earlier in the week.

Wrench said police would maintain a presence on the campus for the time-being.

UFS spokesperson Lacea Loader confirmed that a delegation from the education department was on campus and meeting with the university's management on Friday afternoon.