A South African court has ordered four white South African men to pay fines for making a video degrading black university workers three years ago.

The Bloemfontein court Friday instructed each of the former University of Free State students to pay $2,720 in lieu of a one year jail sentence, provided they stay out of trouble.  The men pleaded guilty Wednesday to deliberately harming the integrity of the workers.

The 2007 video includes scenes in which the black employees are fed soup apparently drenched in urine.  The men, who no longer attend the university, have not identified what liquid was put in the soup and only described the liquid as harmless.

They say the video was made as a protest to racial integration.  

The case conjured up bitter feelings of when South Africa's apartheid dominance prevailed.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.