Conflict at UFS the result of poor management
“We strongly condemn Sasco’s actions and appeal to the university’s management to take disciplinary steps against any students who were involved in misconduct.
However, the university’s management and, in particular, the Dean of Students, also have an important lesson to learn, namely that political interference in student matters is not sustainable and leads to frustration in the student community,” Johannes Muller, National Deputy Chairman of AfriForum Youth, said.
Muller added that AfriForum Youth met with a great deal of resistance from the university’s Dean of Students, Mr Rudi Buys, over the past year. Buys, for example, threatened earlier this year to call the police should AfriForum Youth make public the result of a quick referendum on the changes to the university’s motto. When AfriForum Youth applied to register as a student association at the UFS, it had to appear before a panel at Buys’s insistence. The panel was to decide whether or not AfriForum Youth’s methods were consistent with the “ideology of the UFS”. The ideology test was set as a prerequisite for registering with the UFS.
“The story of the Free State University is a story of two offenders and one victim,” said Muller. On the one hand, management are imposing a political agenda to the extreme and on the other hand, ANC-affiliated Sasco are trying to make the campus ungovernable. Caught in the middle are the students, whose priority it is to obtain a good qualification without being discriminated against on the basis of race or language.”
In light of the ideology test and a subsequent threat of legal action against the UFS should AfriForum Youth’s application for registration be turned down on the basis of the UFS’s “ideology”, Buys informed AfriForum Youth earlier this year that it could register for one year in the interim.
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