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NWU Potch campus an 'apartheid enclave' - Nzimande

2014-09-26 17:08

Johannesburg - The North West University's (NWU) Potchefstroom campus is still rooted in apartheid ideas, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said on Friday.

"The Potchefstroom campus of NWU remains fundamentally an apartheid institution, if not an enclave, in urgent need of transformation," he said in a statement.

He was reacting to a report on apparent fascist initiation practices at the institution.

Nzimande said according to the report it was clear "that there are deep-seated practices at the institution related to its welcoming programmes for first-year students that violate human rights and dehumanise first-year students".

Earlier this year, Nzimande asked the university council to investigate reports in February of Nazi-style stiff-arm salutes first-year students allegedly made during an initiation ceremony at the Potchefstroom campus.

He received the report of the investigation by an independent task team on 27 June.

Nzimande said that, at the time of receiving the report, he was asked not to make it public.

"I have decided not to comply with this request. It is unacceptable that a report that exposes a deep moral corruption at a major public university should be kept from the university community and the people of this country."

Nzimande said the report indicated the problems in question were specific to the Potchefstroom campus and that the initiation practices at residences mainly targeted first-year students, especially those not from the dominant Afrikaans feeder schools.

The initiation practices had been carried out for so long that they had come to be considered cultural practices in the residences, said Nzimande.

"It is also clear that these practices are well known to the management of the residences, with some actively participating in the processes."

He said that, according to the report, it was clear the university and campus management were not only aware of the practices, but refused to act against them, despite available evidence.

"A culture of fear exists at the institution and people do not talk freely."

Nzimande said it seemed the university's institutional model had fostered "a largely mono-cultural environment that appears to be designed mainly for white Afrikaners on the Potchefstroom campus".

The minister agreed with the report's recommendations and had asked for feedback on their implementation on a quarterly basis.

The task team that conducted the investigation included SA Human Rights Commission member Leon Wessels, NWU human rights committee chairperson Rehana Rawat, political analyst Somadoda Fikeni, and nuclear power expert Bismark Tyobeka.

Comments
  • Maketa Khayalakhe Given - 2014-09-26 17:13

    For once dis fool is right

      Gustav Harmse - 2014-09-26 17:23

      The reason a certain sector of the black population complain, is they are not able to destroy this place as well like they are doing to TUT, because if it is white and it works break it, we want to do it our own way, that's why intelligent blacks study overseas.....build your own university let malema give you guys class and leave us alone losers.

  • Corne Meiring - 2014-09-26 17:16

    RATHER USE THE WORD CLASS

  • Morne Willemse - 2014-09-26 17:20

    As a NWU student i'd like to say. I'm only as racist as you make me out to be. I came here to study in my mother tongue. If that's so offensive to anyone then I must really be undereducated

      fargone - 2014-09-26 17:35

      Well said, I also studied at the PUK, and it's a very good university, this clown never did get to UNI , cannot comment on the PUK or it's traditions for 1st years, Hitler salutes, what next! These guys will twist everything.

  • Vokko Lossie - 2014-09-26 17:21

    Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande remains fundamentally a communist idiot!!

  • Adriaan Pieterse - 2014-09-26 17:22

    Because they aren't burning down and destroying the campus.

  • steven.marshal.98 - 2014-09-26 17:27

    Yet turn a blind eye at the anti-Afrikaner pamphlets that were distributed. This Blade needs some sharpening up...

  • Gary De Waal - 2014-09-26 17:27

    "a culture of fear exists" ha ha ha, yes Blade fear that the university will end up being destroyed by the Cadre... Just look at the TUT protests?!

  • Alan Robertson - 2014-09-26 17:30

    I am an English speaking liberal and one time supporter of the anc...I studied at potch and found it amazingly non racial and in favour of the true revolutionary...Mandela...espousing his values and principles. ..

  • Andre Du Plessis - 2014-09-26 17:31

    And then we can have another TUT...

  • johan.nel.712 - 2014-09-26 17:31

    Initiation in schools was stopped, the result, learners with no respect for their schools, teachers and senior learners and thus SRCs with almost zero power to discipline. Now you want to stop it in Universities. We are already receiving recently graduates who want to order even directors in companies around, the result of poor discipline starting at school level. Ironically those who went through initiation at University are the graduates, regardless of colour, who shows respect and know their place. We are leaving traditional initiation schools alone, leave our institutions and their traditions alone

  • johan.nel.712 - 2014-09-26 17:31

    Initiation in schools was stopped, the result, learners with no respect for their schools, teachers and senior learners and thus SRCs with almost zero power to discipline. Now you want to stop it in Universities. We are already receiving recently graduates who want to order even directors in companies around, the result of poor discipline starting at school level. Ironically those who went through initiation at University are the graduates, regardless of colour, who shows respect and know their place. We are leaving traditional initiation schools alone, leave our institutions and their traditions alone

  • Carel Wolhuter - 2014-09-26 17:35

    What is this man on? Flip

  • paul.neethling.39 - 2014-09-26 17:35

    Please apply your mind - look for brain cell link !!!!

  • Plastiek Spies - 2014-09-26 17:39

    Your idiot!!! Why do they call you blade, should be stupid.

  • Fatima Suleman - 2014-09-26 17:49

    What? The problem is some folks(africanas) do not like to acknowledge that there was or there is aphatheid, friction and such discourse shall forever prevail. And yet aphatheid shall be propagated. What shall be of South Africa is exactly what is now. No impetus for change but deterioration of. Society. Never expect the ideology of rainbow nation untill we do thorough introspection and honest of self even in our privacies commenting on issues.

  • dan.butler.7967 - 2014-09-26 17:51

    Is the Black Lawyers Association not rascist?

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