Students face action after ‘blackface’

Pretoria - Two University of Pretoria students will face disciplinary action after a photo of the two dressed up as black domestic workers went viral.

The photo shows the two women covered in brown paint, wearing scarves over their heads and with pillows stuffed into their skirts to make their buttocks look bigger.

The pictures were taken at a private party but the university told Eyewitness News that disciplinary action will be instituted against the students because they allegedly brought the institution’s name into disrepute.

The photos were posted on Facebook but were soon removed.

The incident comes just days after the SA Human Rights Commission said that there had been a spike in racism related incidents, particularly at universities around the country.

"The SAHRC remains deeply concerned about the lack of transformation taking place in South African society 20 years into its democratic dispensation," SAHRC chairperson Lawrence Mushwana said.

In most cases, black students were targeted, Sapa reported.

"There had been an increase in the 'k' word [being used] where there is not sufficient respect for each other among students."

The Tuks incident has caused a storm on social media with many asking what the big deal is.

Others offended by the dress-up say the incident is a case of ‘blackface’ in which white people dress up and paint themselves black and mock black people by acting out certain stereotypes.

tang 2014/08/06 09:09:54 AM
How is this degrading? They properly went to some dress up party. I won't find a black guy dressed in a stereotypical khaki shorts with comb in his sock and veldskoen racist.
Jan Grimbeek 2014/08/06 09:10:49 AM
Time that all the "initiates" that paint their faces white for rituals are also disciplined and told that "white" is, according to them, not acceptable for their own skin colour !!!!!
Miska Ponyecz 2014/08/06 09:11:15 AM
When Leon schuster does it it's funny all of a sudden now it's racist WTF
Franco Hanekom 2014/08/06 09:11:22 AM
In my workplace a lot of black and coloured people are using the k-word. Is this okay?
ANTI 2014/08/06 09:11:56 AM
Tatenda Patience Mlambo-Mahleko 2014/08/06 09:13:12 AM
Whats the big deal about dressing up as maids. EFF does it all the time. I dont see any racism in wanting to be black when you are white lol
Jacques Potgieter 2014/08/06 09:13:47 AM
Is everything racist now? Can nothing be done without it being seen as hateful and intended to hurt others?
Robbie Crouch 2014/08/06 09:15:09 AM
Fine to fancy dress but not so fine to post pictures on FB... Be careful what you publish!
Sticky Toffee 2014/08/06 09:16:00 AM
O yes, leets forget about the hundreds of starving children, the endless crime against innocent law abiing citizens, the rise in HIV especially in the poorer communities, the lack of proper housing, the growing incidents of corruption within government and big business and the lack of decent jobs for our youth....yes lets forget about all of this and worry about two girls having fun at a dress up party!!! FFS
Olivia du Plessis 2014/08/06 09:16:04 AM
Oh please grow up. This is not racist.