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Afriforum forced to vacate their offices

Afriforum forced to vacate their offices

Afriforum forced to vacate their offices

Photo: Marko Svicevic



On 29 July Afriforum were informed that they had to vacate their offices as a result of violating poster regulations. The offending Afriforum posters were brought to the Department of Student Affairs’s (DSA) attention by EFFSC UP. The three posters put up said, “Afrikaans is here to stay”, “We assault female journalists, we are EFF Tuks” and “Race opens your door, where is my key?”

Two meetings between the DSA and Afriforum took place and currently no final decision has been made as discussions are still ongoing.

The first meeting was on 5 August and the second on 12 August. Werner Beineke, Afriforum’s chairperson, explained that, “The purpose of the meeting was to find an amicable solution for the dispute between Afriforum Youth and the DSA.” For Afriforum, it was not clear who was offended by the posters, why they were offensive and on what grounds Afriforum was being punished. During this meeting, the DSA indicated that the poster relating to the EFF was insulting. Sam Mphuti, EFFSC UP’s acting chairperson, commented on the poster referring to the EFF, saying that it “is barbaric and untrue because there is no ... official structure of the university or a court of law that found any of our member[s] guilty of assault of a female journalist”.

Afriforum disagrees with these allegations. Beineke went on to explain that, “It appears as if the DSA are trying to protect the EFF, and this is an example of their double standards as nothing [was] done about the #TuksSoWhite campaign which offended us, [even though] we did lay complaints.”

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Student assaults stage crew at Krêkvars-Kopanong festival


On Monday 20 July, a student working at the Krêkvars-Kopanong student festival was harassed and assaulted outside the Lier Theatre by another student.

Maritsa Erasmus said that the student arrived for a show ten minutes late and, after she told him that she would not be able to let him enter, he got aggressive. “He yelled several racial comments at me and I tried my best to remain polite and calm,” Erasmus said.

When asked to step outside the foyer, the student grabbed Erasmus and pushed her up against the door until another male student stepped in to assist her. After a few more racial taunts, the student left.

The following day, a few people snuck into a performance by Ovuwa, the university’s cultural ensemble. The aforementioned student was part of this group and when asked to leave, he once again began shouting racial comments at the crew. Marelize Wolmeraans, a crew member working in the theatre, said that she heard the student threatening Erasmus and another crew member. “He said he was going to kill them in their sleep,” says Wolmeraans.

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Sunnyside/Arcadia bus assists day students


The SRC, in partnership with the UP facilities department, implemented a Sunnyside/Arcadia bus service during the last exam period that ran from 28 May to 1 July 2015 from 07:00 till 00:00. According to Reitumetse Ratlhogo, the SRC member of the day students and external campus affairs portfolio, the bus service was implemented as a result of the SRC’s awareness of the need for transport for day students residing in Sunnyside and Arcadia. Ratlhogo went on to add that, “The SRC would like to encourage students’ success by offering students a safe alternative when studying long nights during the exam period.”

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Medical maestros go all out at the annual Intercare talent show


On 19 July the Faculty of Health Sciences hosted the 21st instalment of their annual talent show. The event was organised and facilitated by Pulse UP, the Health House committee. The talent show was preceded by an art exhibition, which gave some of Tuks’ talented artists the opportunity to showcase their creations.

The theme of the show was “Starry Night”, inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting. The event was attended by over 400 people, including the deputy dean of education of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the president of the SRC. According to Deane Dubber, holder of the marketing portfolio for Pulse UP, the planning of the event started in early October last year.

There were some wonderful acts that showed that medical students are not just “brainiacs”, but also wonderfully talented individuals who could easily fall back on the talents they exhibited at the show.

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Students denied entry to exams despite promised financial aid


During the June/July exam period, students who had been promised financial assistance by the SRC were turned away from their exam venues. These students were turned away because they did not have 2015 student cards as they had not been able to register, despite the fact that R500 000 had been allocated to the SRC by UP management to cover registration, accommodation and tuition fees for these particular students.

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