Bur­sary with­drawn af­ter racist slurs

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - BULELWA PAYI

THE Cyril Ramaphosa Ed­u­ca­tion Trust has with­drawn bur­sary sup­port from one of two Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria stu­dents seen mak­ing racist slurs in a video.

A video show­ing fe­male Tuks stu­dents, one of whom is a Blue Bulls cheer­leader, us­ing the K-word went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia af­ter it was shared on a What­sApp group.

The univer­sity has sus­pended the two and they will face a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing.

The trust posted a state­ment on its so­cial me­dia plat­forms con­demn­ing the “ab­hor­rent be­hav­iour” dis­played in the video and con­firmed that it had with­drawn the stu­dent’s bur­sary with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

“The bur­sary pro­gramme has prided it­self on its non-racial, non-dis­crim­i­na­tory pro­gramme that sup­ports dis­ad­van­taged stu­dents across all races,” the state­ment said.

Blue Bulls rugby has also axed the stu­dent from its cheer­lead­ers’ squad.

In a state­ment is­sued on its so­cial plat­forms, the Blue Bulls Com­pany said it would not con­done any form of racial abuse.

In the footage, one of the stu­dents, who ap­pears to be in­tox­i­cated, uses the K-word to ac­cuse a black per­son of steal­ing her phone. The two stu­dents then use the K-word and other ex­ple­tives sev­eral times.

Tuks ex­pressed shock at the in­ci­dent, say­ing the in­sti­tu­tion “strongly con­demns the use of such deroga­tory and racist lan­guage”.

Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria spokesper­son Rikus Del­port, said the stu­dents had been sus­pended. – Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Le­sego Mak­gatho

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