The five workers who were part of the Reitz-saga at the UFS in 2007, today received the keys to their brand new cleaning company.
This comes as the last settlement in the deeds agreement between the university and the workers.
According to UFS vice-rector: External Affairs, Choice Makheta the university is committed to support the company for at least five years.
"We will keep on supporting this company and hope that after the five years they will be well established with many contracts outside the university."
Courant had an exclusive opportunity to chat to the excited workers this afternoon.
Rebecca Adams says she feel like crying of joy "I can cry because I did not think one day I will have a key in my hand for Mamello. The office is very nice thanks to the university and we start summer training today." Emmah Koko adds that she is speechless. ". I am very happy and speechless, because after such a long time I got what I waited for all along. I did not think this day would come, but it happened. We are also proud of the university for the good work they have done and we are satisfied."
The agreement preceded a reconciliation ceremony between the “Reitz Four” students and the workers they humiliated in a videotaped initiation-type ceremony in protest against integration at the university.
The controversial video showed the five cleaners – David Molete, Naomi Phororo, Emmah Koko, Rebecca Adams and Mittah Ntlatseng – on their hands and knees eating food that had apparently been urinated into by one of the white students.
Rector Jonathan Jansen pardoned the Reitz Four who filmed the video in 2007.