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Reitz Four Convicted Of Crimen Injuria

The "Reitz Four" hear sentencing last week

Four White students at the University of Free State in South Africa have been fined US$2,720 (SAR 20,000) each after pleading guilty to crimen injuria for making a video that put Black janitorial staff at the school through a series of humiliating tasks.

RC Malherbe, Johnny Roberts, Schalk van der Merwe and Danie Grobler, former residents of the now-closed Reitz men’s residence on the Bloemfontein campus, made the video as a protest against integration plans at the university. In exclusive interviews with The Right Perspective, it was learned that many incidents of Black-on-White violence and intimidation occurred on campus as the result of integration, with school authorities turning a blind eye to matter.

A water bottle was used to simulate urinating

The video features a mock initiation of five Black staff members into hostel activities, including having them eat a “vomit-inducing” mixture of water, bread, coffee, protein powder, raw garlic and milk that looked like someone had urinated into but never really did.

The four men chose the workers because they were on good terms with them, said defense lawyer Kemp J. Kemp. The workers were explicitly told not to swallow the mixture, but to “play-act” the vomiting, not to smile and act seriously during the scene. They also had the option of leaving at any time and were paid with a bottle of vodka, a term agreed upon before the filming began.

“The accused did not realize the effect of the video and what it would have on the university and the plaintiffs. They now, in retrospect, accept that the use of the workers for the video was insensitive, ill considered and wrong,” Kemp read from a prepared statement apologizing for the video that was written by the men in court.+

Lawyer Kemp J Kemp

Kemp is famous in South Africa for successfully defending president Jacob Zuma in a rape case several years ago, reports the BBC.

In addition to the fine, Judge Mziwonke Hinxa imposed a six-month jail term suspended on condition of good behavior for five years.

The four must not repeat “discrimination against any other person on grounds of race” over the next five years, Hinxa said.

As previously reported, assault charges against the four men were dropped last August. They were also reinstated to the University after being initially kicked out in the name of reconciliation.

ANC party spokesperson Jackson Mthembu called the sentencing “appropriate.”

“This sentencing will also serve as a deterrent to any individual who seeks to undermine and humiliate fellow citizens on the basis of their gender, ethnicity, religion and social standing in the society,” Mthembu said.

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  1. JoeFromJersey says

    The selective enforcement of regulation is the surest and easiest way to determine if your system is corrupt. This system is corrupt. Could it be any other way? The problem lies not with the students, but with those in power who while trying to even the score, are actually proving their prejudices by example. We see this many times in the states with the Orwellian term "affirmative action" favoring the hiring of non-whites in employment situations. These types of discrimination are not "reverse discrimination" as some call it, it is just plain ordinary discrimination. The group having the power imposing it's will on another racial group for the sole purpose of promoting it's own race. This is the big lie that liberals want you to believe. They judge not on performance, education, nor accomplishments, they only judge on race. That is why they are racists. They see things only through the lens of race while conservatives, who exist in all walks of life, in all colors and nationalities, do not use a racial lens to view the world. Conservatives are normal, while liberals are sick twisted miserable excuses of breathing sacks of protoplasm that exist on the planet. Want proof? Know any that are happy? Know any that believe in God?

    Know any that you can trust? Know any that are mature? HA!

  2. White Refugee says

    You may also see the following background info interesting: ‘Rightwing group tries to scupper Reitz trial’ – City Press

  3. Johann says

    Great post NG!

  4. Philoctetes says

    What’s new with Dr. Lets?

  5. ZT says

    Another ‘initiation’ video – this time four white students are the victims.
    The University of the Free State (UFS) has been hit by a second initiation video, days after the four former students dubbed the “Reitz Four” were each sentenced to a R20 000 fine or twelve months imprisonment.

    The new video shows four white students being humiliated in an initiation practice at the men’s residence which is mainly occupied by black students

    Another UFS initiation video surfaces

    Another initiation video surfaces at Free State varsity

    UFS knew of second video – PICS & VIDEO: UFS res initiation watch

    Media ban after new UFS video

    Race row erupts in South Africa over student humiliation video

  6. sbonga says

    ow plz dat is no you knw hw much their defence lawyer/advocate costs per day?R60 the money for the i think dat is nt a punishment at all.

  7. Tom says

    What are the gusy shouting during the initiation? Are the white guys making a vow?

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