UFS taking Shimla Park Report recommendations into account

Protestors during the Varsity Cup match between FNB Shimlas v FNB NMMU Madibaz held at Shimla Park in Bloemfontein on February 22, 2016. File photo: ©Frikkie Kapp /SASPA

The University of the Free State (UFS) is already taking the recommendations of the Shimla Park Report into account.

According to UFS spokesperson, Lacea Loader, even though there are some inaccuracies in the report, the UFS doesn’t condemn it.

Loader told Courant that the UFS Council tasked university management to prepare a transformation plan in consultation with all the necessary stakeholders in a meeting on 2 December 2016.

“This comprehensive transformation plan will serve as a blueprint for the further transformation of the UFS and the eradication of racism. In response, a Transformation Committee was constituted which is in the process of drafting an Integrated Transformation Plan. This plan will serve before the UFS Council in the first semester of this year,” said Loader in response via email.

She added that the disciplinary processes relating to the Shimla Park incident had been concluded.

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A commission of inquiry was established following a violent clash between spectators and protesters at Shimla Park during a Varsity Cup rugby match in February last year.

The report includes events leading up to, during, and after the violent clash which made world news.

The report’s investigations were conducted by an independent panel lead by former Constitutional Court Justice, Johann van der Westhuizen.

Students from Free Education Movement (FEM) request that the university release the report for public consumption and they went to make their demands heard at the Varsity Cup match hosted by the UFS Shimlas on Monday.

Loader says the document has been sent to student leaders. She says the students met with university management on Tuesday and the university is continuously engaging with students regarding their concerns.

Loader says although the meeting did occur, its contents will not be discussed with the media.

Moeketsi Mogotsi/Courant News