6 August 2014

South Africa: University Investigates 'Possibly Racist' Photo

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South African students face disciplinary action after taking photographs of themselves with blacked-up faces and pillows shoved in their skirts.

Johannesburg — The University of Pretoria (UP) has launched an investigation into possibly racist behaviour after two white female students were photographed in domestic worker outfits with black paint smeared on their faces and arms.

"The investigation began yesterday," UP spokeswoman Nicolize Mulder said on Wednesday.

"The university... will not tolerate any form of discrimination and/or racist behaviour by any of its staff or students. The behaviour by the students in the photographs is completely unacceptable."

The picture, which had reportedly gone viral on social networking sites, was published in Beeld and The Times on Wednesday. It shows the two posing with padded bottoms.

Mulder said the picture was taken at a private 21st birthday party but because they were students at the institution, action would be taken.

"Because the students are registered UP students who by their actions brought the name of the university into disrepute, disciplinary steps against the students have been taken," she said.

The SA Human Rights Commission said it was not investigating the case as it did not receive a complaint.

"We didn't receive a complaint in this matter. We just learnt about it in the media," said spokesman Isaac Mangena.

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