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The council of the North-West University (NWU) took the decision to reconsider the university’s proposed marketing plan. This marketing plan proposed, amongst others, that the distinctive maroon of the NWU be changed to purple, as well as that the word “Pukke” be removed from all marketing material of the Potchefstroom campus of the university.
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.
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 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.
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.
The annual convocation meeting of the University of Stellenbosch (US), which takes place today, will progress peacefully according to Prof Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-chancellor of the US. In a letter to AfriForum Youth dated 15 January 2016, Prof De Villiers gave the assurance that individual as well as general campus safety will prevail at the US during the meeting.
“It is clear that the EFF remains a radical ‘blacks only’ political party. Their actions prove to citizens that there is no place for Afrikaner heritage in this country,” said Ian Cameron, AfriForum Youth’s Spokesperson, after the EFF yesterday night painted various Church Street signs with red paint.
The ANC Government has kept more than 2, 8 million scholars from receiving a university education in the past five years. This sum indicates the amount of learners who did not receive university admission.
The University of the Free State (UFS) and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) confirmed with AfriForum that the results of the survey on language on the UFS’s campus will not be made public. The UFS’s explanation is that the data will first be processed before it can be submitted in this format to the Council.
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”.
AfriForum Youth is delighted about the initiative taken by students at the University of the Free State (UFS) to retain the statues of former Presidents CR Swart and MT Steyn on this campus. Students yesterday hung posters around the statue of former President MT Steyn with the following message: “I fought against colonialism, why do you want to remove me?” The text which appears on the posters, was translated from Afrikaans.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
AfriForum Youth celebrated the 90th anniversary of Afrikaans as an official language on seven university campuses by launching green balloons up in the air. Each campus simultaneously released 90 balloons to commemorate 8 May 1925, the date on Parlement declared Afrikaans an official language of South Africa.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
“Where is Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, and what is he going to do to prevent violence at universities?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
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 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.
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 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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).