AfriForum: Medunsa students getting death threats

Johannesburg - Students who refused to boycott classes at Medunsa in Ga-Rankuwa had received death threats, AfriForum Youth said on Wednesday.

"Innocent students get death threats on social media, in smses and on campus," spokesperson Henk Maree said in a statement.

He said racist remarks were directed at "non-black" students who did not want to participate in the boycott.

"I was under the impression that the strike was over but I have been receiving complaints of death threats from students."

The group had written to Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande and the SA Human Rights Commission calling for their help.

"AfriForum Youth demands a probe, action, as well as the implementation of a plan to ensure the safety of students at Medunsa."

The university was not immediately available for comment.

The institution was closed on 6 August after students had been boycotting lectures for about two weeks.

They demanded the removal of certain lecturers alleged to be failing students. The students were also believed to be unhappy about renaming the campus Sefako Makgatho.

Management said the decision to close the campus was informed by the stubborn behaviour of both the student representative council and the student body.

It was re-opened the following day after university management and student representatives reached an agreement, ending the boycott.

John832 2014-08-27 09:03:33 PM
I find no need to respond to these students who are merely practicing their democratic right to show dissatisfaction with the education standards. Death threats, general disruptive and abusive behaviour is completely acceptable and perhaps necessary. Higher education welcomes such students.....however GOD FORBID YOU PAINT YOU FACE BLACK AND GO TO A FANCY DRESS PARTY we will crucify you and your entire future!!
Searcher SA 2014-08-27 09:06:11 PM
Agree, no hope, major disinvestment in SA at the moment. Foreign investors can see the writings on the wall.
Scotty English 2014-08-27 09:25:32 PM
Typical Accept that you are stupid and move on. No one's fault but your own. If you don't like it go study in North Africa.
Saakuman Caleb Terungwa 2014-08-27 09:26:44 PM
checkout these peepz...
Mr T. 2014-08-27 09:35:40 PM
Where is unity??
Argie Kgomo 2014-08-27 09:40:26 PM
Arggghhhh phew!!!not again,non black what an old tune.//
steph.takadi 2014-08-27 09:40:36 PM
This is an embarrassment. We r given such opportunities to better ourselves and fix the problem which was caused by the old government, but they go on and do this? If these guys don't get anywhere in life time, it is really their fault, nobody to blame. I really feel sorry for them. Instead of grabbing opportunities, they take them for granted.
Thato Morakganye 2014-08-27 09:53:04 PM
damn Rats
Thato Morakganye 2014-08-27 09:53:57 PM
damn Rats
Hauke Liefferink 2014-08-27 10:07:12 PM
You have RICA. NOW USE IT! Arrest those making violent threats.