AfriForum Youth painted themselves black, to demand admission for high achievers
Young people who were born from 1993 onwards should not be subjected to racially driven policies. They deserve a fair chance
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.”