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.


Thousands of learners pass out of the school system each year destined for joblessness because the system is failing them. It is hardly surprising that learners across the Eastern Cape are taking to the streets to express their dissatisfaction at the state of their education, when vacancies at schools have still not been filled and thousands of teachers placed are not qualified to teach the subjects they are presenting. In …

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A parliamentary response from the MEC for Education, Mandla Makupula, reveals that a total number of nine officials from the Department of Education in the Eastern Cape have been placed on paid leave since 2015 pending various investigations including corruption and mismanagement of funds . To view the response, please click here: Response The response reveals that three cases from the 2016/2017 financial year are still ongoing. These officials are still on …

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Only 1 in 10 schools in the Eastern Cape have a library, that is 554 schools out of a total of 5270 schools. This is in accordance with a response to a written question I submitted to the MEC for Education in the Eastern Cape, Mandla Makupula. To view the response, please click here: Response This is a tragedy of mammoth proportions. History will judge the ANC harshly on this matter. This has a catastrophic …

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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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