Tuks students angered by racist poster
An allegedly racist recruitment poster at the University of Pretoria has students up in arms.
JOHANNESBURG - An allegedly racist recruitment poster at the University of Pretoria (Tuks) has students up in arms.
The placard was placed inside the Kiaat Residence, calling on members who would be willing to do menial chores to sign up.
The notice asks for students willing to clean toilets and the inside of the club house, among other chores.
The last line of the poster reads, “Candidates have to be black”.
The image of the poster made its way across campus through WhatsApp Messenger, with numerous students taking to Twitter to express their distaste for the placard.
Professor Ernst van Eck, who governs the Kiaat Residence, said it was all a misunderstanding.
He said house members were trying to diversify its ranks.
“We are trying to make the club house committee more representative of all the different cultures. White people will wash the toilets with them [the black applicants].”
According to Tuks management, the poster was taken down and officials are in talks with those responsible.
The university's communication department said an investigation was underway.