Bloemfontein – University of the Free State vice chancellor,Professor Jonathan Jansen, said on Tuesday that he has received death threats,and was also accused of putting the interests of certain racial groupsfirst.
"I have been accused of putting black student'sinterests above the white students, and I am also accused of putting whitestudent's interests above blacks. It is all lies, and I think it is the kind ofthing people say to unsettle you," he told News24.
Earlier on Tuesday, SRC president, Lindokuhle Ntuli, toldNews24 that Jansen sat at the Shimla Park Stadium in Bloemfontein on Mondaynight and watched as a group of protesters were beaten.
A Varsity Cup match between the UFS and Nelson MandelaMetropolitan University (NMMU) was disrupted when protesters and studentsswarmed onto the field and took each other on in a massive brawl.
The protesters refused to leave the field and then clashedwith fans before the police and university security defused the situation.
Protesters want to be heard
According to Ntuli, they went to disrupt the game in orderto be heard.
“We won’t stop until we are heard. Last night we were notarmed and we did not go there to fight, but white parents and their childrencame in numbers and beat us, and to make matters worse, our vice chancellor satthere and watched his favourite white people beat us up,” he said.
However Jansen said he couldn't have done anything. "Wejust stood there and stared at each other, I have never in my life felt soterrified," said Jansen.
Meanwhile, Ntuli said a number of workers who were beatenwere taken to hospital for medical attention.
Bongani Mazula, one of the protesters who was beaten up,said he had a bruised arm and swollen eye. "There were 50 people who wereon top of me yesterday and our motive was not to fight,” he said.
Play resumed at 19:40, roughly an hour after the match wasinterrupted, with Shimlas going on to win 46-19.