The images that surfaced on social media picture the two men with their faces painted brown, wearing domestic worker attire.
The university’s Nicolize Mulder has said that UP would not tolerate any form of discrimination and racist behaviour by any of its staff or students and launched an immediate investigation on Tuesday after becoming aware of the photographs.
“The behaviour by the students in the photographs is completely unacceptable,” said Mulder.
It is understood that the students ‘dressed up’ for a private 21st birthday party.
“Because the students are registered UP students who by their actions brought the name of the University into disrepute, disciplinary steps against the students will been taken,” said Mulder.
The hashtag #blackfaces has since started trending on Twitter with many people weighing in on the situation.
I honestly don't see why #blackface is been made such a big thing. How is it racist? I see it as harmless fun. Correct me if I'm wrong.
— Jessbeans♡ (@Mini_Lobi) August 6, 2014
— Mduduzi Seakamela (@MduBeernong) August 6, 2014
LOOOOLLL at Tuks #blackface students. About time some ignorant little shits got made an example of. Well played, UP.
— Mia C (@MiaCloete) August 6, 2014
People ask "How are people racist when they were born post apartheid". NOTHING changed post apartheid!! #Blackface
— The Dazzman (@Bra_banbani_77) August 6, 2014
I'll wait for the twitter tribunal to pass the final verdict on the #blackface spat. I'm too emotional to enter the fray!
— Capt Mangena Groupie (@Sir_Bu) August 6, 2014