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The pressure that AfriForum Youth has applied on the Grootfontein Agricultural College in Middelburg in the Eastern Cape in reaction to the poor living conditions and general facilities at the College have compelled the Management to release about R10 million for repairs and upgrades.
AfriForum Youth laid a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission on 23 May against students of the University of Pretoria (UP) who wore shirts on which the words “One Settler, One Bullet” were printed.
The University of Pretoria (UP) decided on 17 May to discontinue yet another student tradition on campus. Serrie – a longstanding student tradition – was scrapped because it apparently creates a rape culture at the University. This follows after students complained over inappropriate posters that some men had held up during the women’s performances.
More protest actions by students at the Grootfontein Agricultural College in Middelburg (Eastern Cape) can follow soon if urgent attention is not paid to their demands.
AfriForum, AfriForum Youth and Solidarity are disappointed about the court’s dismissal of their application for leave to appeal a high court ruling made in December 2016. This ruling was made in favour of the University of Pretoria’s (UP) decision that English will be the only primary language of instruction at the university.
AfriForum Youth’s Kovsie branch in cooperation with other members of the civil rights organisation, today detained two male students who sprayed pepper spray in a classroom at the University of the Free State (UV). The class had to be evacuated due to the incident.
AfriForum Youth expressed its concern regarding the apparent political agenda behind the adjustments that are required to the LLB degree of the North-West University (NWU) by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC).
AfriForum Youth today laid a charge of assault at the Midrand Police Station against Lindsay Maasdorp, spokesperson of the Black First Land First movement. This comes after Maasdorp today assaulted members of AfriForum Youth at the National Education Crisis Forum in Midrand, which was attended by several movements.
Leave to appeal in the court case of AfriForum and Solidarity against the newly accepted language policy of the University of Pretoria (UP) was today reserved in the North Gauteng High Court until the Highest Court of Appeal delivers judgement in the case of AfriForum and Solidarity against the newly accepted language policy of the management of the University of the Free State (UFS).
AfriForum Youth founded a Maties alumni study fund in cooperation with Solidarity Helping Hand to allow current and future students of the University of Stellenbosch (US) to study with the help of alumni donations. Students who would be assisted by the fund will be selected on merits only.
A blow to South African language rights – this is how the applicants AfriForum, AfriForum Youth and Solidarity have described the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling in their language case against the University of Pretoria (UP). The UP will phase out Afrikaans as medium of tuition as of 2017. The case was heard on 1 December 2016 and the court announced today that it rejects the application with costs.
AfriForum learned on Monday, 21 November 2016 that a student of the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Taaibos Hostel had written racist and provocative remarks against white people on the outside of his hostel room door.
AfriForum Youth Tuks laid a charge of assault at the South African Police Service (SAPS) after a member of this youth organisation was attacked during the election of the Student Representative Council (SRC) at the University of Pretoria (UP).
AfriForum Youth Tuks will over the next couple of days present self-defence training and information sessions to students of the University of Pretoria (UP). During these sessions, students will be informed about their rights when demonstrations take place on campus, while they will also learn how to protect themselves in danger situations.
AfriForum Youth made an urgent appeal to the management of the University of Stellenbosch (US) to immediately act against individuals that were transported to the campus per bus in order to protest yesterday.
AfriForum Youth launched a petition today – University Management, let our students study in peace! – after several universities closed down their campuses due to violent protests over study fees.
AfriForum Youth is of the opinion that the decision of the University of Pretoria (UP) to close down the university due to protests over study fees, is a breach of an undertaking by prof. Cheryl de la Rey, rector of UP.
AfriForum Youth and students supporting this organisation today launched a campaign on the main campus of the University of Pretoria (UP) to inform students of the University’s weakening stature as tertiary institution. As part of this campaign, worthless degrees were handed out to students.
The Student Court of Appeal of the University of Stellenbosch (US) on 9 September 2016 delivered verdict concerning the appeal of the eight AfriForum Youth candidates who are contesting the election of the Student Representative Council (SRC).
AfriForum Youth yesterday delivered a memorandum to the management of the University of Pretoria (UP) in which the organisation demands the suspension of Luvuyo Menziwa, a UP student and member of the Student Council. This follows after Menziwa posted on Facebook that he wanted to kill white people with an AK-47 or a bazooka.
AfriForum Youth addressed a letter to the University of the Free State (UFS) in which they criticize and question the University’s defective and unlawful Student Representative Council (SRC) election procedures and rules. The youth organisation also condemns the UFS’s decision to postpone the election for the third time this year.
On Wednesday 31 August the AfriForum Youth branch of the University of Pretoria (UP) presented self-defence classes for students.
AfriForum Youth is busy preparing charges that will be laid at the South African Police Service (SAPS) against Luvuyo Menziwa, a student at the University of Pretoria (UP) and member of the Student Representative Council (SRC). This follows after Menziwa said in a post on Facebook that he wants to kill white people using an AK-47 or bazooka.
Eight AfriForum Youth SRC candidates today filed an appeal against a decision of the student court of the University of Stellenbosch (US). The order directed that no student council elections may take place at the US until the university provided AfriForum’s candidates with reasons for their disqualification from the student council elections and until they had an opportunity to appeal against it.
The AfriForum Youth branch of the University of Pretoria (UP) this past weekend started a sustainable vegetable garden at the SAWF Susan Strijdom Home for impaired senior citizens in Colbyn in cooperation with the Psyche Society on the main campus of the University.
The Western Cape High Court just instructed that no student council election will be held at the University of Stellenbosch (US) before the University’s student court provides AfriForum’s candidates with reasons for their disqualification from the student council election and they are afforded the opportunity to appeal against it.
AfriForum Youth will bring an urgent application before the High Court in Cape Town tomorrow to compel the University of Stellenbosch (US) to reinstate the candidature of eight candidates for the Student Representative Council (SRC).
AfriForum Youth received complaints from students out of various faculties of the University of the Free State (UFS) that classes which were originally available in Afrikaans, are increasingly only being presented in English. This follows despite the verdict of the high court on 21 July 2016 against the UFS’s newly accepted language policy – stipulating clearly that multilingual education must be promoted by the UFS – and despite the fact that the current language policy still caters for Afrikaans education.
AfriForum Youth started identifying a pattern in Prof. Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-chancellor of the University of Stellenbosch (US), of attempting to bypass official processes time and again. The latest act to confirm this is his decision to introduce English as the only language of communication at the US.
Twenty-five years old, Dutch, likes music and politics, master student in Crisis and Security Management at the University of Leiden, Campus The Hague in the Netherlands, and… a proud member of, and presently intern at, AfriForum. The former is rarely cause for questions, yet the latter always requires the careful kind of explanation I’ve yet been able to provide, up until now.
My name is John-Henry Sinclair. I am a final-year student at the University of the Free State (Kovsies).
I am a positive, young Afrikaner boy from the Free State. Positive despite living in a society where my sister almost became a victim of rape, where my brother was held captive by robbers, and where I lost my granddad when he became a victim of a farm attack.
AfriForum Youth has accused the Gauteng MEC for education, Panyaza Lesufi, and other politicians and political parties that pass a school outing of the Curro school Roodeplaat off as racism, of abusing innocent children for the furthering of their own racially-obsessed agendas.
AfriForum Youth supports the South African Union of Jewish Students in their demand to have the President of the SRC at Wits University, Mcebo Dlamini removed, following his racist statements on social media and other news platforms.
AfriForum Youth strongly rejects the racial hatred which is being spread by the South African Students Congress, SASCO, on the campus of the University of Pretoria and on Twitter with the hashtag #TuksSoWhite.
AfriForum Youth requested the Council of the North West University as well as Prof Dan Kgwadi, Vice-Chancellor, to take steps against members of the Institutional Student Council (ISC).
At 17:00 this afternoon, AfriForum Youth will read their last word in their 48 hour Afrikaans reading marathon. The marathon of the youth organisation kicked off at 17:00 on Thursday at the Bieliemielie Festival in Reitz in the Free State in celebration of International Mother Language Day.
The National Chairman of AfriForum Youth, Henk Maree was chased out of a meeting with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Student Council of the Grootfontein Agricultural College and other roleplayers. This, as members of the South African Student Congress (Sasco) said Maree was not welcome, as he represents a national youth organisation while only local youth leaders were apparently welcome.
AfriForum Youth describes Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga’s statement, that Grade 11 learners who failed should be promoted to Grade 12, as untenable. The youth organisation is also of the view that the matric pass rate of 75,8 % is misleading.
AfriForum Youth today, which is internationally celebrated as Dictionary Day, sponsored the words “tradition” and “activism” in the Sponsor a Word Project of the Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal (WAT), translated as the Dictionary of the Afrikaans Language.
The Security Department of the University of Pretoria told witnesses of a racist incident at the Taaibos Residence that the video recordings of the security cameras at the gate, where the incident occurred, are too dark and that other cameras were out of order.
AfriForum Youth demands a probe, action as well as the implementation of a plan from the Minister of Higher Education, Dr Blade Nzimande as well as the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to ensure the safety of students at Medunsa. These demands come after the youth organisation received numerous complaints from Medunsa students.
AfriForum Youth today launched a competition, requesting students to share a selfie on the Facebook and Twitter pages of the youth organisation, in which they’re hiding their faces, symbolising their objection to racial classification.
AfriForum Youth today welcomed the successful drug raid executed by the South African Police Service (SAPS) at the Potchefstroom College of Agriculture. This, after the Youth Organisation earlier this year submitted various complaints to the College, including drug dealing on the campus, but College Management denied it.
AfriForum Youth welcomed the news that Rudi Buys will not stay on as Student Dean at the University of the Free State next year. The relationship of trust between Mr Buys and Kovsies students was in jeopardy from the beginning of the year, following the JBM Hertzog matter.
AfriForum Youth today expressed their concern regarding the gross discriminatory utterances contained in the Wessels Report of the Potchefstroom Campus of the North West University, which has leaked out.
AfriForum Youth conveyed their sincere condolences to the loved-ones of Prof Russel Botman, Rector and Vice Chancellor of the University of Stellenbosch, who unexpectedly passed away.
AfriForum Youth instructed its legal team to address a legal notice to the Council of the NWU-Puk in which they request that the report which was handed over to the minister, be made available to them. If the Council declines the request, AfriForum Youth will instruct its legal team to obtain the information in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act.
AfriForum Youth welcomes the deletion of the biographical questionnaire from the selection process for admission to medical studies at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) for 2015. The university revised its admission policy for all medical fields of study.
The national executive of AfriForum Youth announced today that they will not celebrate Youth Day this year. “To boycott Youth Day is our way to indicate that we distance ourselves from a government that oppresses young people because of their inability to create opportunities,” the organisation said in a statement.
AfriForum Youth welcomes the announcement of KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Senzo Mchunu that no racial quotas would apply at the new medical university planned for Newcastle.
AfriForum Youth laid wreaths and held a minute of silence today at Freedom Park to honour the 19 dead and more than 200 injured in the 1983 ANC terror attack on the people of Pretoria.
AfriForum Youth is challenging students with its new campaign “Are you free?” to consider the quality of the freedom they enjoy. A poll amongst students from diverse backgrounds on the main campus of the University of Pretoria revealed that most students were unaware of what we celebrated on 27 April, Freedom Day.
The Potchefstroom College of Agriculture has now gone to extremes to prevent information about the decline of the College from being revealed. In the latest incident they laid a charge of trespassing against AfriForum Youth’s National Chairperson, Henk Maree, with the South African Police Service. This comes after Maree visited the college two weeks ago to collect evidence on the decline of the College after months of correspondence between the two parties, and after the College had demanded that AfriForum Youth must prove where the problems at the college are, since the College denied allegations by students.
AfriForum Youth Tuks today launched a Freedom Campaign at the University of Pretoria by wearing signs hung around their necks challenging the Government on several aspects of freedom, as many young people feel that their freedom has been curbed.
AfriForum Youth Tuks visited the Jacaranda Children’s Home in East Lynne, Pretoria to spread Easter cheer to the Home’s 250 children. This youth branch distributed 25 boxes of Easter eggs, clothing and toys.
AfriForum Youth questioned statements made by President Jacob Zuma in his speech at the Presidential Indaba on Youth Jobs and Skills, and sent a letter to the NYDA to request proof of their involvement in the creation of the 420 000 jobs to which Zuma had referred.