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Tag Archives: Student rights

AfriForum Youth satisfied with NWU council’s decision

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 22 September, 2017

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.

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“One Settler, One Bullet” – AfriForum Youth lays complaint

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 23 May, 2017

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.

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UP throws out baby with bath-water

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 18 May, 2017

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. 

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Grootfontein Agricultural College students living like pigs

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 15 May, 2017

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.

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AfriForum and Solidarity examine court’s dismissal of leave to appeal in UP language policy court case

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 10 May, 2017

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.

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Teamwork helps to detain pepper spray troublemakers on Kovsie campus

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 24 April, 2017

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.

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AfriForum Youth queries LLB accreditation requirements

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 24 April, 2017

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).

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Leave to appeal reserved in court case of AfriForum and Solidarity regarding Afrikaans at Tuks

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 10 March, 2017

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).

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Race trumps merit: AfriForum Youth starts study fund to help students

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 27 January, 2017

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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.  

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Judgment in UP language policy case a huge blow

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 15 December, 2016

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.

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Racism rife at Tuks hostels

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 22 November, 2016

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.

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UP let students down, says AfriForum Youth

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 07 October, 2016

AfriForum Youth demands the immediate resignation of Prof. Cheryl de la Rey, Rector of the University of Pretoria.

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AfriForum Youth lays charge against Tuks demonstrator after assault

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 28 September, 2016

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).

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AfriForum Youth hard at work in Potchefstroom

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 28 September, 2016

The AfriForum Youth branch at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Potchefstroom campus successfully completed three actions on this campus last week. 

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UP violates the rights of its students; AfriForum Youth intervenes

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 26 September, 2016

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. 

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AfriForum Youth condemns transport of students to Maties

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 26 September, 2016

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.

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Open universities, deal with troublemakers

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 22 September, 2016

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.

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AfriForum Youth fights for better quality tertiary education at Tuks

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 13 September, 2016

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.

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AfriForum Youth delivers memorandum over Tuks student

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 09 September, 2016

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.

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Questions loom over Kovsies’ SRC election process

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements Uncategorized on 08 September, 2016

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.

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AfriForum Youth to lay charge against SRC member who ‘wants to kill white people’

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 30 August, 2016

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.

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SRC candidates appeal against student court order

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 26 August, 2016

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.

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Old age home gains vegetable garden thanks to AfriForum Youth

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 22 August, 2016

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.

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High Court stops SRC election without AfriForum candidates

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements Uncategorized on 19 August, 2016

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.

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AfriForum Youth approaches High Court after US excludes students from SRC elections

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 18 August, 2016

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).

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Language uproar at UFS continues: Students complain about English instruction and are being victimised

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 17 August, 2016

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.

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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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Maties SRC election

by in campaigns on 29 July, 2016

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Why must I participate in the student council elections?

A competent student council (SRC):

  1. Communicates with students and is aware of the latest developments;
  2. Addresses complaints received from students;
  3. Avoids political coaxing and does what is really in the interests of students;
  4. Prevents a small group of anarchists from speaking on behalf of all students;
  5. Takes the opinions of students into consideration during decision making and does not rely on their own opinion only;
  6. Doesn’t allow itself to be dictated by management;
  7. Attempts to keep the students happy, not management;
  8. Speaks on your behalf at the council and senate;
  9. Doesn’t hesitate to approach the courts in order to protect the rights of students.

Vote for a student council (SRC) if you are fed up with:

  1. Violence on campus;
  2. A small group of anarchists that apparently speaks on your behalf;
  3. An SRC that doesn’t listen to students;
  4. An SRC that doesn’t take any action with regards to the complaints of students;
  5. An SRC that takes decisions without considering the opinions of students;
  6. An SRC that only attempts to keep political parties happy;
  7. An SRC that is more interested in keeping management happy rather than students;
  8. An SRC that doesn’t act on behalf of students, but rather allows itself to be dictated by management;
  9. An SRC that is too scared and isolated to approach the courts if deemed necessary;
  10. An SRC that gives way to intimidation.

Youngest news concerning the SRC election:

  1. SRC candidates appeal against student court order
  2. High Court stops SRC election without AfriForum candidates
  3. AfriForum Youth approaches High Court after US excludes students from SRC elections

AfriForum Youth supports the following candidates:
 

 

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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10 Point Prevention Plan for campuses

by in Documents 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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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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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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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 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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NWU Management has taken a knock

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 06 March, 2015

AfriForum Youth welcomed the reinstatement of Monica van Schalkwyk, Student Council Chairperson of the Potchefstroom Campus of the North West University to the Institutional Student Council.

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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 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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AfriForum Youth’s Bill of student rights

by in Documents on 26 March, 2012

AfriForum Youth’s Bill of Student Rights was drafted by AfriForum Youth. The document was referred to various legal experts for perusal and approval.

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