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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.

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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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  • @KeneilweWrote tweeted link to this page. 2014-10-21 12:59:22 +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=3342
  • Eva Murphy
    signed via 2014-10-21 12:58:57 +0200
  • Tshepiso Magano
    signed via 2014-10-21 12:58:37 +0200
    Join the campaign! Tell Virgin Active to ban swim coach Tim Osrin after his violent assault and racist remarks. #nogenderbasedviolence #powa
  • Amrita pande
    signed 2014-10-21 12:57:20 +0200
  • Nicole Draai
    signed 2014-10-21 12:55:32 +0200
  • Sthembiso Majola
    signed 2014-10-21 12:54:47 +0200
  • Matthew Rose
    signed via 2014-10-21 12:40:48 +0200
  • Sia Bondi
    signed via 2014-10-21 12:35:52 +0200
  • Kurt Siegfried
    signed via 2014-10-21 12:32:26 +0200
    While the allegations against Tim Osrin have yet to proven in court, I feel his comments alone justify this action. This patently racist attitude cannot be tolerated in any measure.
  • Anthony Swart
    signed via 2014-10-21 12:31:33 +0200
  • Yanga Madikizela
    signed via 2014-10-21 12:30:53 +0200
  • Thokozile Qoboza
    signed via 2014-10-21 12:30:12 +0200
  • Christel Strauss
    signed via 2014-10-21 12:26:42 +0200
    With the problem of Gender Based Violence we are experiencing in both SA and NAM, these kind of actions CANNOT be tolerated! And those kind of RACIST remarks are so Old School! Get Tim Osrin banned please!!
  • Tsakane Khoza
    signed 2014-10-21 12:25:26 +0200
    lynch the dog
  • edith shauli
    signed via 2014-10-21 12:24:26 +0200
    This is unacceptable!
  • Tarryn Carolus
    signed via 2014-10-21 12:24:17 +0200
  • Sara Matchett
    signed via 2014-10-21 12:22:07 +0200
  • Petros Ndlela
    signed via 2014-10-21 12:22:03 +0200
  • @ChristelStraus1 tweeted link to this page. 2014-10-21 12:21:53 +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=3321
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    Join the campaign! Tell Virgin Active to ban swim coach Tim Osrin after his violent assault and racist remarks.
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    Join the campaign! Tell Virgin Active to ban swim coach Tim Osrin after his violent assault and racist remarks.
  • Shaun Andrew Nero
    signed via 2014-10-21 12:19:42 +0200
  • Khwezi Gule
    signed 2014-10-21 12:17:42 +0200
    I am a Virgin Active Member. If no action is taken against this person I will cancel my membership.
  • Tselane Moleba
    signed 2014-10-21 12:12:20 +0200
  • John Torline
    signed via 2014-10-21 12:11:24 +0200
  • @Darnyill tweeted link to this page. 2014-10-21 12:10:23 +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=3312
  • Daniel Rautenbach
    signed 2014-10-21 12:08:52 +0200
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-10-21 12:06:47 +0200
    Join the campaign! Tell Virgin Active to ban swim coach Tim Osrin after his violent assault and racist remarks.
  • Twanji Kalula
    signed 2014-10-21 12:05:47 +0200
  • Caroline East
    signed via 2014-10-21 11:55:38 +0200
    This is disgusting and unacceptable behaviour – make a stand Virgin Active