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Tell Virgin Active to ban swim coach Tim Osrin

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Tell Virgin Active to ban swim coach Tim Osrin
Tell Virgin Active to ban swim coach Tim Osrin
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**Update** Our campaign has just won! Virgin have terminated the contract of Tim Osrin, as a swim coach and member of their health clubs. But the battle against gender based violence and racism isn't over. Click here to join our other campaign!

Kenilworth swimming school owner Tim Osrin got out of his car and assaulted Cynthia Joni, a domestic worker who was walking to work on October 2. Osrin was subsequently charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, but told the Weekend Argus that he was not sure “why he is being victimised”. He has defended his actions by stating that he thought Cynthia was a 'prostitute' and that she has trumped up the charges because he is white [1].

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Photo of Cynthia Joni by Jason Boud, photo of Tim Osrin from Twitter

“She’s probably thinking, ‘this white guy slapped me, great … here comes my Christmas box’. People do these things, you know.” - Tim Osrin [1]

We must turn our outrage at racism and gender based violence into action. While Osrin faces charges, we need to fight for justice in the court of public opinion. Osrin’s swimming school runs classes for adults and children at 4 Virgin Active gyms across Cape Town. In the past Virgin has claimed it won't tolerate racism [2]. Let’s demand that they stop someone who’s racist and violent actions destroy people’s dignity.

[1] ‘He came up to me and just klapped me’ iol news 18 October.

[2] Gym racism row grows as Virgin’s Branson steps in. Mail & Guardian, 7 Feb 2012.

Will you sign?


Dear Ross Faragher-Thomas (Managing Director of Virgin Active South Africa)

We the undersigned demand that you immediately ban swimming school owner and coach Tim Osrin of the Simply Swimming school from using the Virgin Active gyms in Gardens, Athlone, Mitchells’s Plain and Steenberg. The Weekend Argus has reported how Tim Osrin not only assaulted Cynthia Joni as she walked to work in Kenilworth; but after he was charged with assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm, he made the racist claim that Cynthia is “probably thinking, ‘this white guy slapped me, great … here comes my Christmas box’. People do these things, you know.” Mr Faragher-Thomas, you have previously claimed that Virgin have “absolutely zero tolerance for prejudicial behaviour”, and we expect you to follow through with this commitment.




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  • Rodney Taylor
    signed via 2014-10-22 09:56:50 +0200
  • Tabitha Paine
    signed 2014-10-22 09:51:26 +0200
  • Dr Ingrid Tufvesson
    signed 2014-10-22 09:21:09 +0200
    Always just below the surface and readily reachable in the brain, neh?!
  • Michael Hough
    signed via 2014-10-22 08:50:27 +0200
  • Dumisa Macanda
    signed 2014-10-22 07:11:20 +0200
  • Siviwe Mniki
    signed 2014-10-22 06:38:19 +0200
  • @JRMkhatshwa tweeted link to this page. 2014-10-22 03:17:38 +0200
    Join the campaign! Tell Virgin Active to ban swim coach Tim Osrin after his violent assault and racist remarks. http://www.amandla.mobi/tell_virgin_active_to_ban_tim_osrin?recruiter_id=3476
  • Alan du-Pont
    signed 2014-10-22 03:16:30 +0200
    The ban on virgin gyms isn’t enough he should be banned from society
  • Afam Rammopo
    signed via 2014-10-22 01:33:49 +0200
  • Alexandra Appelbaum
    signed via 2014-10-22 00:53:32 +0200
  • Edith Wasserfall
    signed via 2014-10-22 00:22:54 +0200
  • Asanda kwakweni
    signed 2014-10-21 23:59:40 +0200
  • moraka moalosi
    signed 2014-10-21 23:15:40 +0200
  • Lubabalo Makwane
    signed 2014-10-21 23:10:22 +0200
  • zola mangcotywa
    signed via 2014-10-21 22:05:23 +0200
    Quite shocking at this day and age
  • david maralack
    signed 2014-10-21 21:29:12 +0200
  • Ronel Steyn
    signed 2014-10-21 21:17:26 +0200
  • Kevin Davy
    signed 2014-10-21 20:33:20 +0200
    Disgusting! Revolting! The arrogance and vileness of racism is probably the greatest curse to plague human kind
  • Kevin Davy
    signed 2014-10-21 20:33:20 +0200
    Disgusting! Revolting! The arrogance and vileness of racism is probably the greatest curse to plague human kind
  • margaux bergman
    signed via 2014-10-21 19:51:53 +0200
    This man is a total rascist and prejudiced and this must not be tolerated.
  • Caroline Powell
    signed 2014-10-21 19:05:41 +0200
    He needs to understand that it doesn’t matter who she is or what she does for a living, you never get out of the car and assault someone because of your opinion about who they are. However, if he himself has a mental health issue then he needs serious help. His career may land up in tatters because of this, and he needs an enormous amount of help to become stable and rehabilitate from his distorted world view. I am glad this campaign was launched and I sincerely hope that someone from Virgin cab approach him regarding the help he needs.
  • Fazlin ismail
    signed 2014-10-21 19:05:28 +0200
  • Randy Dowlutt
    signed via 2014-10-21 18:22:37 +0200
    Make this racist PIG Pay,….South Africa has come too far for OUR PEOPLE to be taken Back to our Embarrassing PAST.
  • Jennifer Cohen
    signed 2014-10-21 17:51:29 +0200
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-10-21 17:41:21 +0200
    Join the campaign! Tell Virgin Active to ban swim coach Tim Osrin after his violent assault and racist remarks.
  • Faiza Davids
    signed 2014-10-21 17:20:30 +0200
  • kamohelo sehloho
    signed via 2014-10-21 17:14:26 +0200
  • Thokozile Sayedwa
    signed via 2014-10-21 17:11:38 +0200
    This is crazy!
  • Samantha Williams
    signed 2014-10-21 16:34:41 +0200
  • Xhanti Jona
    signed 2014-10-21 16:08:01 +0200