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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  • Dale butler
    signed via 2014-10-21 08:39:42 +0200
  • Melanie Case
    signed 2014-10-21 08:37:31 +0200
  • Geoffrey Grundlingh
    signed via 2014-10-21 08:37:12 +0200
  • Alexandra Roessingh
    signed via 2014-10-21 08:34:05 +0200
    Not acceptable … When are these kind of people going to change? My heart goes out to Cynthia & all those that experience atrocious behavior!
  • Dipuo Edna Molapisi
    signed 2014-10-21 08:30:07 +0200
    what he did is just unacceptable. He must be removed
  • Karabo Ditlhoiso
    signed 2014-10-21 08:28:27 +0200
  • Vicky Appelbaum
    signed via 2014-10-21 08:27:37 +0200
  • Patrick Jonathan
    signed via 2014-10-21 08:26:59 +0200
  • Sibongile Princess Shoba
    signed 2014-10-21 08:26:31 +0200
    Even if she is a prostitutes he do not have a rights to beat a prostitutes. who the hell he think is to beat prostitutes
  • Niki Hall-Jones
    signed via 2014-10-21 08:26:15 +0200
  • Deborah Gericke
    signed via 2014-10-21 08:22:59 +0200
  • Meetali Jain
    signed 2014-10-21 08:19:47 +0200
    Remove him now!
  • Natalie Martyn
    signed via 2014-10-21 08:16:32 +0200
  • Marylou Newdigate
    signed via 2014-10-21 08:15:02 +0200
    I feel a bit sorry for the man’s wife and children, who must feel so ashamed, and will also suffer as a result.
  • Jacqui Dichabe
    signed via 2014-10-21 08:05:44 +0200
  • Cati Weinek
    signed via 2014-10-21 08:03:56 +0200
  • Neil Gain
    signed via 2014-10-21 07:57:48 +0200
  • Thenjiwe Stemela
    signed via 2014-10-21 07:56:09 +0200
    I love my gym but I will stop going to my Virgin Active if this man is not released.
  • Edna Levack
    signed 2014-10-21 07:55:40 +0200
  • Fatima Taliep
    signed via 2014-10-21 07:54:28 +0200
    Digusted by his behaviour
  • Botlhale Radebe
    signed 2014-10-21 07:48:14 +0200
  • Michaela Wilmot
    signed via 2014-10-21 07:46:46 +0200
  • Catherine Moss
    signed via 2014-10-21 07:44:25 +0200
  • sammyd Laza
    signed 2014-10-21 07:42:36 +0200
  • Quinton Lesch
    signed 2014-10-21 07:41:48 +0200
    This guy must be exposed.. He’s living in the past.. He is riding on the waves of the predominantly coloured communities (see the Gyms where he worked). He is a disgrace to society & I hope the full rod of the law will be imposed upon him… We must to stand together and drain him from all his cash as he might surely defend his actions via his lawyers.. Let them eat his money.. We will therfore drag him to the gutters & he will be begging for money to stay alive in the communities whihc he made his fortunes.. He’s now unemployed due to his own actions in a place where jobs for whites is really scares.. He certainly never experienced affirmative action untill now… Am so glad that Virgin Active fired him..
  • Kim Maddocks
    signed via 2014-10-21 07:39:17 +0200
  • Mark Weideman
    signed 2014-10-21 07:39:03 +0200
  • Nompumelelo Motaung
    signed via 2014-10-21 07:37:10 +0200
    Such people must be stopped. Racism and violence cannot be tolerated.
  • Mno Mbabala
    signed via 2014-10-21 07:37:01 +0200
  • Robin Pocock
    signed via 2014-10-21 07:33:39 +0200