Fake news on social media about NWU
31 May 2019
Fake news continues to be spread on social media concerning incidents of crime that have occurred on or nearby NWU campuses. These posts arise from an attempted robbery on two female students this week outside the Potchefstroom Campus in Steve Biko Street. Although no students were kidnapped, false information continues to be authored and shared on social media to this effect. The false information about the vehicle allegedly used in this incident has led to an innocent student being threatened.
Protection Services and Student Life prioritise the safety of our students and handle all reports with urgency and seriousness. Do not pass on false information, but make use of existing NWU official channels to verify information. Students who create or share false information about the NWU, are in contravention of the rules and policies of the NWU and may become subject to a disciplinary inquiry.
The Cachet Park initiative commenced recently and is focussed specifically on making the Bult area around the Potchefstroom Campus safer. The SAPS have made several arrests, including an alleged cell-phone thief. For more information about this project, please click here This model of safety management is being considered for implementation on all our campuses.
Students are once again reminded of the 24-hour crisis lines on the various campuses:
- Protection Services and Crisis Line: 018 389 2167
- Crisis line: 018 299 1777
- Protection Services: 018 299 2211
- Crisis line: Thuso 24-hour crisis centre - 082 815 9781
- Protection Services: 016 910 3339
Thank you to everyone who is concerned about the safety of our students. You are however reminded to act responsibly when authoring or sharing information. The safety of our students remains a priority and demonstrates our commitment to our ethic of care.
Message from the vice-chancellor, Prof Dan Kgwadi to all students
31 January 2019
Dear NWU Student
Welcome to the North-West University (NWU). I wish you a fruitful academic year. The NWU has come a long way in making all its campuses a home away from home for all our students. We continue to be guided by our goal to be an internationally recognised university in Africa, distinguished for engaged scholarship, social responsiveness and an ethic of care.
We promise our students and their parents, excellent quality education and safety on our campuses including within the residences. We have, with the support of Council and the Department of Higher Education and Training, committed ourselves to ensuring that we deliver on our promise.
However, there seems to be persistent practices and sub-cultures that hinder our progress towards a caring institution that demonstrates respect for human rights and at the same time tarnishing the good reputation of the university and the positive contribution by our students and staff across our campuses.
The two areas of concern particularly during the registration and orientation period are the potential acts of instability on our campuses and initiation practices in the students’ residences. The University Management Committee would like to reaffirm that it has adopted a zero-tolerance approach towards any action that infringes upon human rights. Any actions that have the potential to demean or violate the basic human rights of staff and students shall be dealt with firmly in accordance with the rules and disciplinary processes of the university as outlined in the university’s Statute and Student Disciplinary Rules. This includes any action or activity that can be construed as an initiation practice.
Management remains committed to ensuring that the freedom and rights of all individuals and groups are respected, as well as ensuring equality and human dignity for all. Throughout the year various practical and valuable information sessions that outline the university’s policies on human rights, zero-tolerance for initiation practices and anti-social behaviour, are provided. These are designed to empower you. You are encouraged to actively participate in these initiatives for your benefit.
You are reminded of the thoughts and suggestions SMS line which can be used to bring any matter or grievance to the attention of the university:
- Mafikeng Campus: 34151
- Potchefstroom Campus: 31750
- Vaal Triangle Campus: 33139
Management has received complaints about some practices that suggest that there are residences and individuals who continue to undermine the university’s zero-tolerance on initiation practices. These complaints are under investigation and the alleged perpetrators will be subjected to the rules and regulations of the university.
I also need to thank the thousands of you who uphold the university’s commitment to preserving and promoting human rights and who work relentlessly to ensure stability on our campuses and a successful Message from the vice-chancellor, Prof Dan Kgwadi to all students January 2019