28 February 2018

The executive management of the University of the Free State (UFS) takes note of the recording made by a spectator at Shimla Park on the Bloemfontein Campus during the Varsity Cup rugby match between Shimlas and the University of Johannesburg on Monday 26 February 2018. As the recording was made from behind, attempts are being made to identify the persons who were seated during the singing of the National Anthem, and stood up and sung only the Afrikaans part of the National Anthem. It is not clear at this stage if all the individuals in the recording are registered students of the UFS. However, the executive management is of the opinion that – although it might be unintentional – the message that is being conveyed through the action of the individuals is disrespectful towards the country’s National Anthem.


Released by:
Lacea Loader (Director: Communication and Brand Management)
Telephone: +27 51 401 2584 | +27 83 645 2454
Email: news@ufs.ac.za | loaderl@ufs.ac.za
Fax: +27 51 444 6393

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