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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  • jenny morgan
    signed via 2014-10-21 09:41:35 +0200
  • Mark Dunlop
    signed via 2014-10-21 09:40:36 +0200
  • Stefanie Muller
    signed via 2014-10-21 09:38:20 +0200
  • Geraldine Kennedy
    signed 2014-10-21 09:36:33 +0200
  • Meesha Aboo
    signed 2014-10-21 09:36:01 +0200
  • Brett Petzer
    signed 2014-10-21 09:31:18 +0200
  • Gcobani Jombile
    signed 2014-10-21 09:21:50 +0200
  • Kyle van Zyl
    signed via 2014-10-21 09:19:08 +0200
  • nonto zungu
    signed 2014-10-21 09:18:45 +0200
  • Tso Sibanda
    signed 2014-10-21 09:18:28 +0200
    i always blocked myself from believing that raicism stil exists in SA. So not proud 2 be South African.
  • Judy Dixon
    signed via 2014-10-21 09:16:18 +0200
  • Nelisa Kala
    signed 2014-10-21 09:15:46 +0200
  • Zuzi Seoka
    signed via 2014-10-21 09:12:28 +0200
    He must go!
  • dave dadu
    signed via 2014-10-21 09:11:05 +0200
  • Abdul Moses
    signed via 2014-10-21 09:10:05 +0200
  • Aza Bam
    signed via 2014-10-21 09:08:01 +0200
    Cowards who pick on defenseless woman to satisfy their racist agenda’s should be placed under police and correctional supervision.
  • genevieve stoltenkamp
    signed via 2014-10-21 09:06:45 +0200
  • Michelle Jadoo
    signed via 2014-10-21 09:06:16 +0200
    The comments alone made by Tim Osrin are cause for serious concern. The actual assault is grounds for serious prosecution.
  • melany abrahams
    signed via 2014-10-21 09:06:14 +0200
  • Lesego Ndala
    signed via 2014-10-21 09:05:58 +0200
  • Portia Tsela
    signed via 2014-10-21 09:05:53 +0200
  • Kelly Caden
    signed 2014-10-21 09:04:45 +0200
  • Cathy Millward
    signed via 2014-10-21 09:00:02 +0200
  • Hein Kleinbooi
    signed 2014-10-21 08:57:24 +0200
    His actions were dispicable! To assult a woman who walks down the street, not bothering him, for whatever reason is just disgusting
  • Neill Roynon
    signed via 2014-10-21 08:57:10 +0200
    I was horrified when I first read the story, we have so much hatred in our country. I have to ask the question " How was this man raised" his Parents and friends would have known his racist attitudes as his wife would have ( Assuming he is married) If you have a friend that is racist help them to understand that its not acceptable any longer, this goes for all colours in our so called rainbow nation… I agree that the Gym can no longer tolerate this and should end his contract.
  • Nthabiseng Mutisya
    signed 2014-10-21 08:54:12 +0200
  • Lweendo Hamukoma
    signed 2014-10-21 08:48:59 +0200
    There must be social consequences to racist behaviour.
  • Trevor Davids
    signed via 2014-10-21 08:47:06 +0200
  • Lawrence Mitchell
    signed via 2014-10-21 08:45:55 +0200
  • Katherine rand
    signed via 2014-10-21 08:39:59 +0200