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The term “Pukke” in the name “NWU Pukke” gives identity to Puk students and their campus. A decision was recently taken that the Pukke identity will be abolished without prior consultation with interested parties such as students, prospective students or their parents.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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).
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 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?
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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).