Restorative justice could save Reitz four

A restorative justice process is underway for the Reitz four, meaning charges of crimin injuria could be...

Protestors outside the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court as the Reitz 4 trial is postponed on 26 October 2009. Picture:Tshepo Lesole/EWN

A restorative justice process is underway for the Reitz four, meaning charges of crimin injuria could be dropped against them. <?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

The four former University of the <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Free State students were accused of humiliating five black staff members in an initiation ceremony in 2007.

The incident was recorded and broadcast on the internet, sparking a massive outcry.

The Volksblad newspaper is reporting plans are underway to begin the process next month.

The two groups will have information sessions and time to prepare for the meeting.

A report will be compiled and the two parties will decide if they agree with it.

The process entails asking for forgiveness, receiving forgiveness and restorative compensation.

A final report will then be given to a <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Bloemfontein court next month where the four students are expected to appear.