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].


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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  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-10-21 10:38:37 +0200
    Join the campaign! Tell Virgin Active to ban swim coach Tim Osrin after his violent assault and racist remarks.
  • Christie van Zyl
    signed via 2014-10-21 10:35:30 +0200
  • Julian Stanley
    signed via 2014-10-21 10:34:40 +0200
    In this day and in this country we should not tolerate this abhorrent and despicable hatred, not only should he be banned, but we should also call for a boycott of his business in all regards, not only should he be charged with assault, but also with hate crimes … disgusting!
  • Zehavi Victory Mathe
    signed 2014-10-21 10:32:39 +0200
    As a Virgin Active Member, I believe one of your rules is Zero tolerance to Racist and bullies – his is out in public and all, surely you wouldn’t want such a coward of a racist and woman abuser working in your Premises, thank you.
  • Linda Jacobs
    signed via 2014-10-21 10:27:45 +0200
  • Akholiwe Ngceba
    signed via 2014-10-21 10:27:36 +0200
  • Michelle Jolly
    signed via 2014-10-21 10:22:16 +0200
    I hate bullies!!!!
  • Mark Ross
    signed via 2014-10-21 10:21:13 +0200
  • Phiwe mayana
    signed via 2014-10-21 10:18:20 +0200
  • corey rankin
    signed via 2014-10-21 10:17:53 +0200
    This guy is an insult to humanity.
  • Ian Humphries
    signed via 2014-10-21 10:17:50 +0200
  • Jamie Garner
    signed via 2014-10-21 10:14:47 +0200
    Terrible behaviour
  • lezerine mashaba
    signed 2014-10-21 10:12:43 +0200
    This is the kind of Nonsense we need to deal with as it happens!!!
  • Simphiwe Morajane
    signed via 2014-10-21 10:09:21 +0200
    Virgin Active should outroot racism. This gentleman must face the music. It is unfair to judge people based on the colour of their skin
  • Teryl Abrahams
    signed via 2014-10-21 10:08:10 +0200
  • Tshepiso Serame
    signed 2014-10-21 10:06:41 +0200
    Even if she was a sex worker he had no leg to stand on to assault her. Yes you are a monster for not respecting her humanity and dignity!
  • sihle p
    signed via 2014-10-21 10:05:29 +0200
  • Emma Hooper
    signed via 2014-10-21 10:04:31 +0200
    What a tool this guy is.
  • Nandi Mkhwanazi
    signed via 2014-10-21 10:04:18 +0200
    as a virgin active member i really do hope the correct action is taken and he is ban.
  • Nondzwakazi Gumede
    signed via 2014-10-21 10:03:45 +0200
  • Ncumisa Happiness Willie
    signed via 2014-10-21 10:03:24 +0200
  • Thulile Moyake
    signed 2014-10-21 09:57:46 +0200
  • sebopeho Mochatsi
    signed 2014-10-21 09:54:29 +0200
    Unbelievable. #Pukes
  • dean goosen
    signed via 2014-10-21 09:51:00 +0200
    Been following this story truly horrible how absolutely ignorant people are . This is just disgusting . Our country is socially stagnant because people thinks its okay to act like this put people in boxes and if your box is at the bottom I get to treat you like shit. I am outraged ban him!!
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-10-21 09:50:22 +0200
    Join the campaign! Tell Virgin Active to ban swim coach Tim Osrin after his violent assault and racist remarks.
  • Jeremy Acton
    signed 2014-10-21 09:50:09 +0200
  • popo mfubu
    signed via 2014-10-21 09:49:25 +0200
    If this man continues to work for Virgin Active I will cancel my membership and boycott the whole Virgin brand.
  • Genean Camp
    signed 2014-10-21 09:49:19 +0200
  • Nikki Deiner
    signed 2014-10-21 09:46:41 +0200
  • Oscar Katz
    signed via 2014-10-21 09:44:43 +0200