Photographs of two white male Stellenbosch University students, who painted their faces black and dressed up as tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams, have sparked outrage on social media.
The pictures, uploaded by Instagram user Michael Weaver, shows students Mark Burman and Ross Bartlett in tennis gear and crude black faces. The picture is captioned: “Hanging out with the Williams sisters last night at the Boli’s [sic] 21st. Let’s hope they don’t get kicked out the varsity for this one!”
This is the second such incident at a South African University in just two months. Last month, two female students at the University of Pretoria were photographed in domestic worker outfits, with headscarves and padded bottoms, and their faces smeared in black paint. At the beginning of September, the university said a disciplinary investigation into the students’ conduct was still underway. However, the students had been temporarily suspended from their residences.
The fresh black face pictures have sparked outrage with social media users calling for the students to be expelled from the University.