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MPs want probe into 'UFS racism'

MPs have urged the university to launch an investigation into alleged racism on campus.

FILE: UFS rector Professor Jonathan Jansen. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The parliamentary portfolio committee on higher education has urged the University of the Free State to launch an immediate investigation into allegations of racism on the campus.

It is alleged that two white students drove over a black student and beat him.

They have been arrested and the student was admitted to hospital.

The suspects will appear in court on 9 April.

Parliamentary committee chair Ishmael Malale says, "The committee is highly concerned following the allegations of racism at the university which should be a solid platform for cross cultural experiences for students and staff members."

In 2010, a similar incident took place when four students made a racist video, which went viral.

Meanwhile, the Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) has condemned the incident.

UFS rector Professor Jonathan Jansen has since written an open letter to students highlighting some of the successes in overcoming racism while admitting that more still needs to be done.

He also took to Twitter to thank all those who have been supporting him.

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