(AFP) – Oct 26, 2009
JOHANNESBURG — A South African court on Monday postponed a trial for four University of Free State students charged with filming a video humiliating black workers, in a case that has sparked race outrage.
The case against Schalk van der Merwe, RC Malherbe, Johnny Roberts and Danie Gobler would be heard in February 2010, Radio 702 reported.
The students, who resided in a former whites-only hostel, filmed a video showing five black workers taking part in a mock initiation ritual, which included eating food into which a student had urinated.
The video drew massive anger after it was leaked last year and threw the spotlight onto the state of South Africa's post-apartheid race relations after the fall of white minority rule in 1994.
The court case will go ahead despite a decision last week by the university to withdraw disciplinary charges against the students, who were suspended last year.
University rector Jonathan Jansen said the dropping of the charges was in the name of reconciliation and he invited the students back on campus to finish their studies.
His decision has stirred an uproar, with the ruling party and labour unions criticising the invitation.
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