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Henrico Barnard

Review of the week at the UN

by in Blog Hot on 15 August, 2016

AfriForum Youth, AfriForum and Solidarity attended the 2 461st sitting of the United Nations’ (UN’s) Committee for the Eradication of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in Geneva, Switzerland in the previous week.

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Tuks SRC candidate represents youth at UN

by in Blog Hot on 26 July, 2016

AfriForum Youth will internationalise the quota system issue when Henrico Barnard, AfriForum Youth Tuks SRC presidential candidate, travels to the United Nations in August to represent the youth there.

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#ReformPUK’s leader shows his racism on Facebook

by in Hot Mediastatements on 04 November, 2015

The racism of the leadership of #ReformPUK is quite evident when you page through the Facebook comments of Tsholofelo Motlogeloa, its leader. In one of these, he writes: “I hate white people with [a] passion [and] they must fucken [sic] go [back] to Europe… [I’m] sorry God”. And in another: “I hate a white man, [I’m] sorry guys they [are] bad people”.

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AfriForum Youth lodges complaint against NWU vice chancellor

by in Hot Mediastatements on 15 October, 2015

AfriForum Youth yesterday lodged a formal complaint against prof. Dan Kgwadi, the vice chancellor of the North West University, for inciting public violence. This comes after Kgwadi encouraged hundreds of students at a public meeting of #ReformPIK on Tuesday to fight.

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Setback for Afrikaans at Maties

by in Hot Mediastatements on 01 October, 2015

AfriForum Youth took notice with great concern regarding the decision taken by the Council of the University of Stellenbosch (US) during its Board Meeting on 28 September to no longer protect Afrikaans as medium of instruction in the official language policy of the university and other documents.

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10 Point Prevention Plan for campuses

by in Hot Mediastatements on 07 September, 2015

AfriForum Youth today introduced a National Prevention Plan for campuses across South Africa. This, following the violence that prevailed at the Elsenburg Agricultural College in Stellenbosch last week, as well as threats of similar acts of violence on other campuses in the country.

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Elsenburg students assaulted by protestors

by in Hot Mediastatements on 01 September, 2015

AfriForum Youth released a video today which shows students of the Elsenburg Agricultural College being assaulted with whips by protesting students and members of the EFF. The video also shows non-protesting students removing EFF members from the premises. The video was taken by a student this morning during the illegal and violent protest, which started yesterday, and sent to AfriForum Youth.

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Elsenburg a ticking time bomb; classes suspended after riot

by in Hot Mediastatements on 31 August, 2015

All classes at the Elsenburg Agricultural College have been suspended until further notice after students yet again disrupted classes. EFF members arrived in mini busses and deprived students of their right to education along with a group of students studying at the college.  

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Open Stellenbosch propaganda

by in Blog Hot on 26 August, 2015

Dear Stellenbosch student,

The recent video called Listen, loaded on social media by the group Open Stellenbosch, is nothing but cheap propaganda. I know some members of the public, and especially members of Open Stellenbosch, will not agree with my statement, but give me the opportunity to explain. 

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Elsenburg students unite for Afrikaans

by in Hot Mediastatements on 19 August, 2015

Hundreds of students from Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute today held a protest during which a memorandum was handed to the Institute’s Management. This follows after the Management of the Institute recently failed to take a stand against students who deprived other students of their right to education in an unlawful manner. The students eventually obtained support from two external organisations, AfriForum Youth and Adam Tas Student Body, after they were at their wit’s end.

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AfriForum Youth demands immediate action from Elsenburg management

by in Hot Mediastatements on 13 August, 2015

AfriForum Youth today learned that a group of students once again held illegal demonstrations on the campus of Elsenburg Agricultural College. Classes were disrupted and students were deprived of their right to education. The main building of the college was stormed and students and personnel were threatened by the demonstrators. AfriForum Youth sent a final letter with demands to the management of the college.

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Department dishonest and uninformed about Grootfontein language policy

by in Hot Mediastatements on 11 August, 2015

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is dishonest and uninformed regarding the proposed language policy for the Grootfontein Agricultural College in Middelburg, Eastern Cape. 

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AfriForum Youth vigilant about decision at Elsenburg

by in Hot Mediastatements on 27 July, 2015

AfriForum Youth welcomes the decision that English will not be the only medium of instruction at Elsenburg Agricultural College as was announced earlier this week. That decision was overturned today during a meeting. Both Afrikaans and English were reintroduced as mediums of instruction. 

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AfriForum Youth did not celebrate Youth Day; started building a better future

by in Hot Mediastatements on 16 June, 2015

AfriForum Youth did not celebrate Youth Day with the rest of the South African youth today, but rather started creating a better future. The youth organisation launched its Groenbussieprojek (Green Bus Project) at the Voortrekker Monument through which they aim to raise R1 million by the end of this year to purchase an additional house for the Gracia Child and Youth Care Centre in Pretoria. 

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AfriForum Youth welcomes suspension of controversial UCT student

by in Hot Mediastatements on 09 June, 2015

AfriForum Jeug verwelkom die skorsing van Chumani Maxwele, die student verantwoordelik vir die #RhodesMustFall-veldtog by die Universiteit van Kaapstad (UK). Maxwele is geskors nadat hy rassistiese opmerkings teenoor ʼn dosent gemaak het.

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AfriForum Youth approaches Air Force for remembrance of Church Street bomb victims

by in Hot Mediastatements on 20 May, 2015

AfriForum Youth is in talks with the South African Air Force regarding the possible construction of a wall of remembrance for the 19 South Africans who lost their lives and the 217 who sustained injuries in the Church Street bomb of 20 May 1983.  

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#TuksSoWhite: AfriForum Youth grateful for investigation

by in Hot Mediastatements on 13 May, 2015

AfriForum Youth wants to thank the University of Pretoria (UP) for undertaking to investigate the South African Students Congress’ (Sasco) #TuksSoWhite campaign and take action if necessary.

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Reregistration of AfriForum Youth Tuks denied due to Afrikaans application forms

by in Hot Mediastatements on 21 April, 2015

AfriForum Youth has given their legal team the instruction to investigate various legal options after the University of Pretoria (UP) denied the organisation’s application for the reregistration of AfriForum Youth Tuks on campus because their application forms, which was submitted to the Department of Student Affairs (DSA), were completed in Afrikaans.

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AfriForum Youth demands an apology from Pres Jacob Zuma

by in Hot Mediastatements on 16 April, 2015

AfriForum Youth held a protest action at the Union Buildings in Pretoria today as part of their #dankieJan Campaign. The campaign kicked off in Cape Town last week when a letter of demand was handed over to the Department of Arts and Culture. AfriForum Youth is of the opinion that Pres Jacob Zuma must be held accountable for his irresponsible statements that the problems in the country started with the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck. 

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AfriForum Youth requests protection of Afrikaner heritage

by in Hot Mediastatements on 09 April, 2015

AfriForum Youth handed a memorandum to Parliament today in which they demand protection for the heritage of the Afrikaner, as part of their campaign: #dankieJan. The memorandum has to be signed by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa. On their way to Parliament, the youth organisation stopped at several statues, including the one of Jan van Riebeeck, and hung signs of support around their necks.

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AfriForum Youth to subpoena Kovsies Rector

by in Hot Mediastatements on 23 March, 2015

AfriForum Youth has given their legal team instructions to go ahead with the compiling and serving of a subpoena against the Rector of the University of the Free State (UFS), Prof Jonathan Jansen and the UFS.

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Two former Kovsies students claim R1 million from Rector

by in Hot Mediastatements on 05 March, 2015

The legal team of AfriForum Youth served a letter of demand on Professor Jonathan Jansen, Rector of the University of the Free State (UFS) in which Cobus Muller and Charl Blom, former students, claim compensation of R1 million from Prof Jansen and the UFS. The parties have been given two weeks to pay out the compensation.

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AfriForum Youth demands answers after suspension of Student Council Chairperson

by in Hot Mediastatements on 28 February, 2015

AfriForum Youth demands answers from Prof Dan Kgwadi, Vice Chancellor of the North-West University in Potchefstroom (NWU Puk), after it came to light that Monica van Schalkwyk, Student Council Chairperson at the NWU Puk was unjustly suspended from the Institutional Student Representative Council (ISRC).

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AfriForum Youth fights for Afrikaans at Grootfontein Agricultural College

by in Hot Mediastatements on 11 February, 2015

AfriForum Youth today declared a dispute with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, after it came to light that the Department wants to change the language policy of the Grootfontein Agricultural College in the Eastern Cape from 2016. The plan is to abolish Afrikaans and to change it to an English college. 

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AfriForum Youth condemns brutal attack on agricultural schoolboy

by in Hot Mediastatements on 06 February, 2015

AfriForum Youth strongly condemns the alleged incident at the Hoër Landbouskool Noord-Kaapland in which a matric boy was physically and psychologically mortified in a brutal manner.  The Youth Organisation offered free counselling to the boy and other learners who have been traumatised by the attack.

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Closed meeting with Deputy Minister about racial policies

by in Hot Mediastatements on 26 January, 2015

The national management of AfriForum Youth met with Buti Manamela, Deputy Minister in the Presidency, last week to discuss the National Youth Policy that will be implemented in the next five years.

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NWU injury an isolated incident

by in Hot Mediastatements on 23 January, 2015

AfriForum Youth takes note of an incident on the Potchefstroom campus of the NWU in which a senior official was allegedly hurt in a scuffle with a group of first year students. AfriForum Youth is adamant that this should be seen as an isolated event and that the incident should not be blown out of proportion.

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Education Alliance predicts trouble for Universities

by in Hot Mediastatements on 22 January, 2015

The so-called Education Alliance, constituted by Dr Blade Nzimande, minister of higher education, this week confirmed their incompetence by suggesting that all registration and application fees should be scrapped at all universities. AfriForum Youth regrets this and believes the proposal will put universities in a weaker financial position. 

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Nzimande uses education for yet another political stunt

by in Hot Mediastatements on 20 January, 2015

AfriForum Youth said that the creation of an “Academic Alliance” by the Minister of Higher Education, Dr Blade Nzimande, is yet another political stunt which merely serves as a smoke screen to justify one-sided policy directions. No minority group has been invited to participate in the discussions.

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ANC Youth League in shambles

by in Hot Mediastatements on 25 November, 2014

AfriForum Youth welcomes the announcement that the national task team of the ANC Youth League has been dissolved by the ANC top management. AfriForum Youth says this was not a surprise, as the Youth League hasn’t been seen as a role player among South Africa’s youth for years.

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Blade fails to address safety issues at universities

by in Hot Mediastatements on 03 November, 2014

“Where is Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, and what is he going to do to prevent violence at universities?

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AfriForum Youth creates new channel for reporting of discrimination with new website

by in Hot Mediastatements on 27 October, 2014

AfriForum Youth today launched their brand new website which gives young people the platform to submit complaints about discrimination, racist incidents, the violation of human rights and language.

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Racist incident affronts white Tuks students; AfriForum Youth wants UP to take action

by in Hot Mediastatements on 15 September, 2014

Students of the Taaibos Residence at the University of Pretoria (UP) are distressed, after two unidentified black students from Kollege Tehuis made racist remarks and threats against white students at the gates of Taaibos on the evening of 4 September 2014.

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AfriForum wins student council election at Tuks!

by in Hot Mediastatements on 04 September, 2014

AfriForum Youth kicked dust in the eyes of other campus organisations after winning 50% of the seats on the Student Representative Council (SRC) in the election at the University of Pretoria (UP).

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AfriForum Youth makes 10 000 litre difference and launches Bursary Fund Competition

by in Hot Mediastatements on 13 August, 2014

AfriForum Youth will be distributing 1 000 ten litre green buckets to less fortunate youths across the country today and tomorrow. Each bucket has been filled to the brim with stationery, non-perishable foods and toiletries. The Louis Botha Children’s Home in Pretoria received their donation from the Youth Organisation this afternoon.

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“Kill the Boer, Kill the Racist, Kill Afrikaans!”, states pamphlet at Puk Campus

by in Hot Mediastatements on 04 August, 2014

AfriForum Youth strongly condemns the pamphlet containing racist slogans that was distributed in bathrooms on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North West University (NWU). The pamphlet, which has an African liberation emblem similar to the one of Sasco, states the following: “Kill the Boer, Kill the Racist, Kill Afrikaans.”

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Continued existence of Tuks residences guaranteed – AfriForum Youth

by in Hot Mediastatements on 01 August, 2014

There will be no changes made to any Tuks residences without consulting with students and other roleplayers connected to residences.

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AfriForum Youth and students mourn death of residences

by in Hot Mediastatements on 28 July, 2014

AfriForum Youth and students of the University of Pretoria today mourned the death of residences and student life by leaving a coffin with 1 600 signatures of students with a Memorandum of students’ demands in front of the Roosmaryn Building, the offices of the Department of Student Affairs.

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AfriForum Youth reports Beeld to Press Ombudsman

by in Hot Mediastatements on 17 July, 2014

AfriForum Youth submitted a complaint against the Afrikaans daily newspaper, Beeld to the Press Ombudsman. This complaint arises from months of inaccurate and sensationalist reporting in the newspaper regarding student affairs on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North West University (NWU).

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End in sight for Tuks residences

by in Hot Mediastatements on 10 July, 2014

Residences at the University of Pretoria (UP) are to change into flats which will give accommodation for only first year students or just senior students. This announcement was communicated to house parents on 26 June, and the implementation thereof was postponed to 2015 after heavy objection from students.  

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AfriForum Youth demands that Wessels report be rejected

by in Hot Mediastatements on 19 June, 2014

AfriForum Youth today instructed its legal team to send a letter to the Council of the North-West University, requesting the Council to reject the Wessels Report in its current format and to refuse to submit the report to the Minister of Higher Education. AfriForum Youth took the step after it became clear from information circulating in the media that the report does not comply with the stipulations of the Equality Act, coming to unfair, discriminatory and stereotyping conclusions. 

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AfriForum Youth guards healthy student traditions

by in Hot Mediastatements on 09 June, 2014

A march held by AfriForum Youth on Thursday, 15 May, prompted the Student Dean of the University of the Free State, Rudi Buys, to submit a written response to the organisation. AfriForum Youth has launched a campaign earlier this year to ensure that healthy student traditions, student life and residences survive at the UFS. 

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AfriForum Youth and UFS students march for student interests

by in Hot Mediastatements on 15 May, 2014

AfriForum Youth at UFS and students held a march to promote healthy student traditions, student life and residences at the University of the Free State. During the march a petition with 1600 signatures and a cover letter were handed to Mr Rudi Buys, Student Dean.

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Proposals of International Research Team at NWU hinders multi-cultural approach

by in Hot Mediastatements on 17 April, 2014

According to AfriForum Youth, the findings and proposals made in the Evaluation Report of the International Research Team appointed to probe the North West University are short-sighted, and propose a step backwards for the University’s future and transformation process. The youth organisation is of the view that the international members of the team are not experienced enough in the unique South African context, and that they’ve made proposals which are not feasible and which will increase instability on the three North West University Campuses. 

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UFS denies non-suspended student graduation ceremony

by in Hot Mediastatements on 28 March, 2014

AfriForum Youth will give the necessary support to a University of the Free State (UFS) student, after the young man, who was involved in an alleged assault on the campus earlier this year, was informed via SMS that he is not welcome at his graduation ceremony next month.

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AfriForum Youth hands petition for student exemption of e-toll to Sanral

by in Hot Mediastatements on 13 March, 2014

Representatives of AfriForum Youth’s national management submitted documentation and petitions signed by over 2500 students during the past 30 days to Sanral Spokesperson Vusi Mona today. This came after AfriForum Youth had launched a campaign to have full-time students exempted from e-toll.

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AfriForum Youth demands apology from Memela over racist statements

by in Hot Mediastatements on 07 March, 2014

AfriForum Youth demands that columnist Sandile Memela apologises to all South Africans for racist remarks he had made in a blog on the website of the Mail and Guardian. In the blog Memela says that some whites buy guns for two reasons: to kill animals and black people.   Some white men, Memela says, do not even distinguish between the two.

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AfriForum Youth supports suspended House Committe

by in Hot Mediastatements on 03 March, 2014

AfriForum Youth has offered its support to members of the Karlien Female Residence at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University. This comes after the House Committee was temporarily suspended, after charges – which are still unknown to them – were laid against them. The youth organisation is of the view that the University’s steps against the students are unreasonable.

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Nzimande intervention at Puk an onslaught on Afrikaans, aided by Beeld editor – AfriForum Youth

by in Hot Mediastatements on 25 February, 2014

AfriForum Youth regards the reaction of the Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, on the so-called Puk incident as proof that the Minister is pushing a pre-conceived political agenda.

AfriForum Youth challenges UFS management to submit affirmative action appointments to SAHRC

by in Hot Mediastatements on 25 January, 2014

AfriForum Youth today challenged the UFS management and Prof Jonathan Jansen, rector of the University of the Free State (UFS), to report those appointed to the UFS in terms of affirmative action and students who were admitted to certain courses based on quota systems, to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

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AfriForum Youth saves rag procession

by in Hot Mediastatements on 10 January, 2014

The Tuks branch of AfriForum Youth assisted the Student Representative Council (SRC) in convincing the University of Pretoria (UP) to reinstate the rag procession.