Court sets new date for case of the Reitz Four

THE Bloemfontein magistrate's court yesterday postponed the crimen injuria case of four former University of the Free State students to July for trial.

THE Bloemfontein magistrate's court yesterday postponed the crimen injuria case of four former University of the Free State students to July for trial.

The four students - RC Malherbe, Johnny Roberts, Schalk van der Merwe and Danie Grobler - are facing charges for humiliating five workers at the university.

The students made a video of an initiation-type ceremony in 2007 while living at the university's now closed Reitz men's residence.

The four women cleaners and a man are seen on their hands and knees eating food which had apparently been urinated into by a white student.

In the video, the students also express opposition to the university's integration policy.

The video surfaced in 2008 and caused an international outcry landing the UFS in a racial storm.

During the short court session the state informed the court that representations made by the accused to the provincial office of the public prosecutor in Bloemfontein had failed. It gave no reasons.

This was confirmed by the students' lawyer Christo Dippenaar.

The matter was postponed to July 27.

In contrast to protests during previous court appearances by the students, yesterday's appearance went quietly.

The workers and Grobler, one of the students, were not in court yesterday. - Sapa

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