ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has come out in support of University of Free State vice-chancellor Professor Jonathan Jansen.
Malema said Jansen should not be fired for making a mistake by pardoning the Reitz Four.
After a two-hour long meeting with Jansen, Malema also said the four students at the centre of the uproar should be allowed return to the university as long as they showed remorse.
"We do not agree with any call that he (Jansen) must go," Malema told reporters.
"Jansen is one of our own," he later told students. "We cannot feed Jansen to the enemy."
Malema said as a youth organisation, the ANCYL could not stand in the way of students who wanted to return to university.
"We are not opposing the four students going back. We represent students, we will never support any exclusion of students.
"However, if the Reitz Four returned to UFS, there should be corrective measures.
"There must be a disciplinary process; the four students must show remorse so that they are apologetic and regret what happened," he said.
Schalk van der Merwe, Johnny Roberts, Roelof Malherbe and Danie Grobler are presently facing charges of crimen injuria after they made a video showing a mock initiation of five black workers.
Malema said UFS would have Truth and Reconciliation Commission-like hearings to deal with the racism at the university.
"There will be TRC-like hearings where everyone will be given a chance to tell his or her story about racism they suffered here. The Human Rights Commission will assist in that regard," he said.
Transformation would include the sharing of residences; English courses being offered in the morning are only given in the afternoon when students are tired, that would change.
He called for the disbanding of the university council.
"Ninety percent of the people on the council are whites. There is no transformation.
"There are many of you but you are only represented by 10percent of blacks.
"They are not even black Africans, they are Indians and coloureds. We will make sure they go," he said.
Malema managed to calm hundreds of angry students who marched from the university's entrance to the main building, where Jansen's office is situated.
The students had demanded that Jansen should address them.