AfriForum wants report on varsity

2014-06-27 08:27
First year students at North West University's Potchefstroom campus are photographed doing an apparent Nazi salute. (Beeld)

First year students at North West University's Potchefstroom campus are photographed doing an apparent Nazi salute. (Beeld)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The report commissioned by the North West University (NWU) council into initiation practises at the university must be made available to AfriForum Youth, it said on Thursday.

"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... be made available to them," national chairperson Henk Maree said in a statement.

If this was declined, it would use the Promotion of Access to Information Act to get the document.

Earlier on Thursday, the council said in a statement it would not tolerate human rights infringements at the university.

"While serious efforts were made in the past to prevent initiation practices, the independent investigation revealed the reality and magnitude of the challenges facing the entire university community in this regard," it said.

Further management intervention needed

The council submitted a report to the minister of higher education and training in February after some students reportedly used the stiff-armed Nazi salute during an initiation ceremony.

In May, vice chancellor Dr Theuns Eloff stepped down. He was replaced by Prof Dan Kgwadi.

The council said further management intervention was needed because despite policies and procedures being in place "offensive practices" occurred, which violated human rights.

Maree said AfriForum Youth was told the report could not be made available as further investigation was necessary.

"It is unheard of to hand a report over to the minister if further investigation is still necessary," he said.

AfriForum Youth was concerned about the university's future following statements reportedly made by Kgwadi at a press conference on Wednesday.

‘Transformation cannot be forced’

"Kgwadi straightforwardly told the media that now is the time for transformation and that no initiation will be tolerated," Maree said.

"Transformation is [the] ANC's politically afflicted idea. Transformation cannot be forced, and if it is indeed forced, it will surely lead to uprising among students."

The university was not opposed to transformation merely because most students on campus were Afrikaans.

"We agree that no student's human dignity should be affected, but the good shouldn't be pushed aside with the bad," Maree said.

"There is a difference between a healthy student life and initiation, the council must realise that."
Read more on:    afriforum youth  |  nwu

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Amazing solar inventions!

Solar power is lighting up the world, and not just on rooftops anymore.



Prince George the green prince?
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa
China's air pollution at doomsday levels
Keep food fresher for longer

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

The full moon energy can be quite intense today as your emotions fight against reason. It is important to ground your ideas more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.