Edmund Van Vuuren

4EdmundPeter Edmund Van Vuuren, known as Edmund.

Born on 15 May 1956, in Port Elizabeth.

Marital Status

  • Sadly, my wife, Charmaine, passed away in early 2017.  We have a son, a daughter-in-law, daughter and three grandchildren.


  • Completed matric in 1973 at Paterson High in Port Elizabeth.
  • Obtained a Bachelors of Science degree and a Higher Diploma in Education at the University of the Western Cape in 1979.


  • I started my teaching career in 1980 at Chapman Secondary School in Port Elizabeth, where I was responsible for teaching mathematics to the matriculants.
  • In 1992, I was appointed Principal at Hillside High school and served in this position untill my election as a member of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, on the 22nd of April 2009.
  • I have spent 29 years, 3 months and 22 days in the teaching profession.

Political background

  • I became a member of the Democratic Alliance in 2000.
  • In 2006 I was elected as a DA Proportional councillor in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, and served on the Budget and Treasury Committee.
  • I became a member of the Provincial Legislature in 2009 and  as an MPL,  I serve on the following Portfolios: Education; Office of the Premier;  I am also the Chief Whip of the DA Caucus in Bhisho.
  • I am the current Constituency Leader of PE North, which consists of wards 9, 10, 12,21, 22, 23, 29, 32 and 34 in the Norhern Areas and KwaZakhle in Port Elizabeth.


  • I play golf for pleasure.
  • Also a vivid reader.


Pupil assaulted by teacher On 13 June 2018, a 6 year old boy was allegedly beaten by his teacher at Island View Farm School on Grootvlei Farm in the Alexandria district. A case was opened and the child was hospitalised in Port Alfred. The Democratic Alliance strongly condemns the alleged behaviour portrayed by this teacher. No child, under any circumstance should be subjected to any form of abuse. In a …

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A school principal in the Cofimvaba area withheld a learner’s National Senior Certificate (NSC) for more than 2 years as the parents could not afford to pay an outstanding R200 donation fee to the school. It is illegal for any government school to demand a voluntary donation from any learner or parent. Adam Maqobolo wrote his NSC examination in December 2015. His father, a pensioner, was forced by the principal …

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Learners at three special needs schools in East London are receiving less than three hours of actual learning a day because the drivers who are supposed to get them to school have not been paid their overtime by the Department of Education since 2017. I made this tragic discovery on Wednesday (13 June 2018) during oversight inspection to special needs schools in the Buffalo City, following media reports of the …

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542 vulnerable pupils feel brunt of overtime pay war HUNDREDS of special needs children at three schools in Buffalo City Metro are spending as little as three hours at school because of a go-slow over the provincial education department’s failure to pay overtime. Since the Dispatch team started reporting on the impact of the work-to-rule labour action on special needs schools last week, we have learnt the number of children …

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A mere 945 schools out of a total of 5 421 schools in the Eastern Cape have been connected with Information and Communication Technology (ICT). That means only 17% of learners, teachers, and principals have access to ICT at school, according to the response to a legislature question I asked Education MEC Mandla Makupula. One of the ways to combat the structural poverty that the Eastern Cape education system has …

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