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By Sowetan LIVE | Jan 30, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 152 ]

AfriForum Youth painted themselves black, to demand admission for high achievers

A group of students, accompanied by a delegation of AfriForum Youth, painted themselves black in front of the Department of Higher Education, as a protest against the racial targets the Department is imposing on the Veterinary Science Faculty of the University of Pretoria.

AfriForum Youth said in a statement they represent some 30 prospective students who collectively earned 190 distinctions in Matric, but were turned away by the university's Veterinary Science Faculty owing to “poor academic performance”.

“AfriForum Youth, students and parents protested against the entry requirements for veterinary science in South Africa. As this is the only faculty of its kind in South Africa, the Department has a unique responsibility to afford top academic achievers an opportunity to alleviate the country’s skills shortage in the field of veterinary science,” said Charl Oberholzer, National Chairman of AfriForum Youth.

“Places are even reserved for international students while white South Africans who earned between seven and nine distinctions are turned away,” added Oberholzer.

According to Oberholzer, students have the right to take up the career of their choice and the purpose of this action is to lay claim to this right.

“The racial targets that are being imposed on the faculty are excluding numerous white students and limiting their right to choose a career.”

AfriForum Youth said it forced the university in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act to release information on the reasons why these applicants did not gain entrance. According to the university, the Department of Higher Education lays down racial targets according to which the university receives funding. The Department’s objective is for the UP’s Veterinary Science Faculty to reflect the national demographics.

The following solutions were proposed to the Minister of Higher Education:

* Racial classification must be stopped, ensuring that all races are treated equally.

* More students must gain entrance to veterinary science through the most competitive category, namely the ‘open category’, to afford top achievers a better chance to be accepted.

* More admissions should be considered for the category of students who have already registered for a BSc course, thereby giving the high-achieving matriculants of 2010 and 2011 a better chance of gaining entrance.

* An independent body must be appointed to evaluate the current process of admission and the merit of applicants who were turned away.

“Young people who were born from 1993 onwards should not be subjected to racially driven policies. They deserve a fair chance and are stripped of their dignity when they are placed in racial categories,” said Oberholzer.

“Every year, 140 students are admitted to the Veterinary Science Faculty and only 22 white matriculants from the 2011 group may be admitted. The vast majority of the applicants are white students, but the University of Pretoria set out to recruit black students in order to meet the demographic targets,” said Oberholzer.

AfriForum Youth has directed several letters on the matter to the rector, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, and the Minister of Higher Education, Dr Blade Nzimande. "Although the Department indicated before that the rector will be required to submit a report on the situation, such a report has not been released yet," the grouping said. "Moreover, in terms of the application for information, AfriForum Youth is still awaiting the academic records of the applicants who gained entry to the Veterinary Science Faculty and the pass rate in respect of each category for the past three years."

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AfroPanther - Dont worry dude, they will make me chief of police for that. Just like Robert McBride.

Jan 30, 2012 3:26 | 0 replies

@Genoeg
People are restricted to employment because of the colour of their skin
They are not allowed to study because of the colour of their skin
They are are being murdered and tortured in their homes
They are not allowed to defend their rights
They are called degrading names like pigs

Face it - You are just as evil as the old-APARTHEID system. All you need is the stamp on the bus bench and you are there. No one here on this forum should have to point that out for you - it is clear as day.
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@SteveBiko
Now thay feel the pain most blacks felt during the evil regime....

. . . and now whites are being threatened because they are doing what the ANC did during APARTHEID. Fighting for the rights of their people.

Hypocrites

Jan 30, 2012 3:42 | 0 replies

Naivegirl - Hypocrites.

Jan 30, 2012 3:43 | 0 replies

Some of you guys sound like a bunch of silly children, the majority of South Africans just want to get on our lives without trying to ki ll each other.

The biggest obstacle to those that promote hatred from both sides, is that today children of all colors attend school together and see that neither is the big bad boogieman that there elders make them out to be.

Haters will always go the way of the dinosaur

Jan 30, 2012 3:44 | 0 replies

Sinudeity

even if they were not born before 1993 but they still benefitted indirectly.

Jan 30, 2012 3:44 | 0 replies

And the natural response to try and get people to back down is by calling them 'racist'.

Jan 30, 2012 3:44 | 0 replies

@Sinudeity
Mofenyi - Next time I want to apply for a post in a parastatal, I'll just say I dont have matric and that Im friends with jacob
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Nice one, funny!!!!!!!!!

Jan 30, 2012 3:44 | 0 replies

@Sinudeity
I did. And came up with fascist, hysterical and notoriously obsessed. Sounds familiar?

Jan 30, 2012 3:46 | 0 replies

Jaja'sQueen - "Generally refer to support for, or acceptance of, a hierarchical society justified by an appeal to natural law or tradition."


Sound familiar?

Jan 30, 2012 3:47 | 0 replies

Ok they want to be BLACK we always tell them that black is beautiful.....................

Jan 30, 2012 3:48 | 0 replies

CrimsonRed

Why do u hate black people with a passion?

Jan 30, 2012 3:50 | 0 replies