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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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  • Lerato Moche
    signed via 2014-10-21 07:29:55 +0200
    Brandson is a people’s person and this type of behaviour should no be tolerated..phanzi
  • Matseliso Gugushe
    signed via 2014-10-21 07:15:48 +0200
    Disgusting behavior! That is not what is meant by community policing…..sies!
  • Yusuf diedericks
    signed via 2014-10-21 07:15:20 +0200
  • Phillip Castle
    signed 2014-10-21 07:09:33 +0200
    WTF
  • Nike Romano
    signed 2014-10-21 07:05:17 +0200
  • Daniel Matlho
    signed 2014-10-21 07:04:54 +0200
  • Wendy Ntombela
    signed 2014-10-21 07:04:42 +0200
    He must b fired
  • Siphumeze Khundayi
    signed via 2014-10-21 07:04:01 +0200
  • Grant Pascoe
    signed via 2014-10-21 07:03:26 +0200
  • Layla Swart
    signed 2014-10-21 07:03:26 +0200
    Outrageous behaviour! What is happening in his head that makes him think it’s ok to assault a woman like that? Absolutely shocking!
  • Luso Mnthali
    signed via 2014-10-21 06:59:41 +0200
  • Arshaad Fester
    signed via 2014-10-21 06:57:06 +0200
    No excuse to assault any person! So what if she was a prostitute? What’s he teaching our children with this type of action? We not back in the apartheid area where you need to explain why you in a area!!!!!!! F this c*nt and send him to jail, let’s see if he will do the same to her brothers! Maak hom a vrou! !!!!!!!
  • Zureena Scheffler
    signed via 2014-10-21 06:47:55 +0200
  • MamaT Hoohlo
    signed via 2014-10-21 06:44:15 +0200
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-10-21 06:39:40 +0200
    Join the campaign! Tell Virgin Active to ban swim coach Tim Osrin after his violent assault and racist remarks.
  • Mdu Hlophe
    signed via 2014-10-21 06:39:03 +0200
  • Ivan Sadler
    signed 2014-10-21 06:36:44 +0200
    This monster deserves the maximum punishment under SA laws. We need to send a message that this attitude, and any resulting action will not be tolerated.
  • Caval Crisp-Lewis
    signed via 2014-10-21 06:31:23 +0200
  • Maite Makgoba
    signed 2014-10-21 06:30:55 +0200
    I’m truly disgusted by these racism stories from Cape Town, that place needs a rude awakening to all those who still don’t realise that this is Afrika! Nxaaaa!
  • @Rebecca_mep tweeted link to this page. 2014-10-21 06:22:08 +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=378
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-10-21 06:22:08 +0200
    Join the campaign! Tell Virgin Active to ban swim coach Tim Osrin after his violent assault and racist remarks.
  • Odwa Noah
    signed via 2014-10-21 06:21:21 +0200
    This kind of behaviour has no place in any part of society, in this day and age. Ban him & don’t support any business of his!
  • Rebecca Pointer
    signed via 2014-10-21 06:20:43 +0200
    This guy is absolutely appalling. Even if she were a prostitute how does that justify an unprovoked attack? Stop the war on women’s bodies!
  • David Barkham
    signed via 2014-10-21 06:10:19 +0200
    This type of racist sexist behaviour is unacceptable. Ban him.
  • Gecille Hindson
    signed 2014-10-21 06:09:01 +0200
  • Margaret Hahndiek
    signed 2014-10-21 06:07:42 +0200
  • Dineo Tsamela
    signed via 2014-10-21 06:06:20 +0200
  • J l
    signed via 2014-10-21 06:03:22 +0200
  • Tantaswa Ndlelana
    signed 2014-10-21 05:56:13 +0200
  • Peletia Mtshali
    signed via 2014-10-21 05:51:56 +0200