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The Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission (HRC), against members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and – Student Command (EFFSC) today.
After students were refused access to the Hatfield campus of the University of Pretoria (UP) based on their race, serious intervention is necessary. This complaint with the HRC aims to address the violation of students’ constitutional right to education.
We are calling for the HRC to ensure that the EFF is deregistered as a political party, for their clear Human Rights Abuse. Furthermore victims of these acts deserve compensation while the involved EFF Councillors must be suspended from public office.
Crezane Bosch MPL alongside Ruhan Robinson MPL, has also committed to write to the Speaker of Council in Tshwane and the MEC of COGTA in the province. The EFF’s Regional Chairperson, Obakeng Ramabodu should be expelled from Council, and we demand that urgent intervention take place. Obakeng has clearly breached the code of conduct in terms of the Structures Act.
In light of the rightful disqualification of their SRC candidates, the EFFSC illegally protested around the Hatfield campus of the University of Pretoria alongside the EFF, with Obakeng telling students that “only black students” may enter campus.
Human rights, as per the constitution, are non-negotiable. There is no debating that point, and the DA, and DASO will not rest until those responsible for these acts of racism are held to account.