Racist episode at UFS has its roots in 1996

As a former University of Free State student, I am ashamed to be associated with the institution.

As a former University of Free State student, I am ashamed to be associated with the institution.

What emerged last week is just a tip of the iceberg. Former students must expose what happened in 1996 when the Reitz residence came into existence. White residents of the then Olienhout house did not want black students in their hostel. One Saturday evening, a fight broke out and black residents were assaulted by white students. The hostel was closed and all the students were sent home.

Instead of bringing students of all races together and encouraging them to understand and accept each other, the university task team, led by one Dr Luyt, moved the white students to Reitz and left black students at Olienhout, now House Khayalami.

Luyt's action encouraged the current situation. I hope he will be able to live with his decision.

I was not surprised at what those barbaric white students did to the elderly black workers. It is disgusting. The hooligans must be brought to book.

One wonders why UFS only wants to integrate residences now when they had an opportunity back in 1996.

I agree that not all white students are like that, but why don't we hear stories of black students abusing elderly white people?

We wait with interest at the outcome of this saga and we will not rest until justice has been done.

Angry former student, Vaal

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