Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Legal charges against UFS students still stand

By Khanyisa Tabata
20 October 2009



University of the Free State rector Jonathan Jansen has stressed that charges against four UFS students over a videotaped racist incident which sparked a national outcry have not been withdrawn.

He says in a statement the university has withdrawn its own complaint again the students, but the criminal charges by the Directorate of Special Prosecutions in the province, and the human rights charges by the Human Rights Commission are still standing.

Jansen’s decision to invite the students back to continue their studies and to re-open Reitz as a model of social justice and racial reconciliation has drawn criticism from several quarters.

But yesterday, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu commended him for his stance. Tutu described the students’ actions in humiliating black workers in a mock initiation video as disgusting.

He added, however, that Jansen had demonstrated reconciliation for forgiving the students and allowing them to return to complete their studies.

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