Stellenbosch University (SU)

With the upcoming SRC elections, eight students from Afriforum Youth have been disqualified from running in the SU elections. This is according to a News24 article titled “8 Afriforum students suspended from Stellenbosch SRC elections” published on 2 August. The article explains that the suspensions due to alleged irregularities. Three students filed an application with the Student Court alleging that the posters of the candidates, monetary limits and their electioneering contravened election protocol. The eight students failed to appear at the hearing and had five days to respond to the court order. The SRC elections have been postponed indefinitely until a decision about the students has been reached.

 

University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and Mangosuthu University of Technology

Following threats of a nationwide shut down of universities over fee increases, the UKZN Pietermaritzburg campus and the Mangosuthu University of Technology were closed on 15 August. According to the Vice-Chancellor and Principle of UKZN Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, there were protests overnight, classes were disrupted and the university was not fully accessible to staff and students. According to Business Day, the university’s management took a decision to suspend academic activity until 16 August. Dr Van Jaarsveld warned students not to engage in illegal activities outside of the procedural framework for raising concerns.

 

University of the Free State (UFS)

The UFS SRC has decided to withdraw from this year’s national Serenade competition and will refuse sponsorship from the ATKV for their internal Serenade competition. The ATKV requires that each performance contain an own composition in Afrikaans. The SRC feels this excludes a large part of the university’s demographic. The decision to withdraw was met with anger from residence house committees. The format of the internal Serenade has stayed the same, but the own composition can be written in any language and the performance must showcase at least three national languages.