AfriForum Youth laid a complaint of inciting violence and racism against a student of the Central University of Technology (CUT) on 20 February 2020 at the Park Road police station. The student, Boitumelo Mokobe, threatened on social media to burn five white students after the radio station OFM had described students as violent and destructive.
“We demand that the CUT’s management immediately act against students who make themselves guilty of racism and threaten to hurt others. It is unacceptable that the safety of students on campuses are threatened by fellow students,” says Chantelle du Preez, AfriForum Youth’s Coordinator for Tertiary Institutions.
AfriForum Youth also directed a letter to Prof. Henk de Jager, Vice-Chancellor and Head of the CUT, demanding the necessary disciplinary action against these students. AfriForum Youth also demanded that the university institute the necessary security measures to ensure the safety of students and staff. “We welcome the interdict that the university obtained and is enforcing, and hope that the university will act against any students who violates the interdict,” Du Preez says.
AfriForum Youth will continue to apply pressure to protect students’ rights to be educated in a safe environment without demonstrating students disrupting campuses.