EFF, Pasma win most seats in ini­tial re­sults of SRC poll at UCT

Cape Times - - NEWS - Lisa Isaacs lisa.isaacs@inl.co.za

THE EFF Stu­dent Com­mand (EFFSC) has tri­umphed at UCT, ini­tial re­sults of the univer­sity’s SRC elec­tions have shown.

The EFFSC has won six seats, the Pan African­ist Stu­dent Move­ment of Aza­nia (Pasma) five seats, the South African Stu­dents Congress (Sasco) with one seat, along with three in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates. In­de­pen­dent can­di­date Simone Cor­nelius re­ceived the most votes.

These can­di­dates com­prise the 15 ex­pected to as­sume of­fice as the newly-elected UCT SRC.

UCT spokesper­son Kylie Hat­ton said of­fi­cial re­sults were due to be re­leased to­day to al­low for ob­jec­tions and re­view and a num­ber of in­ter­nal pro­cesses be­fore the SRC could be con­sti­tuted.

In a state­ment, the EFFSC said these elec­tions were the first that the group had can­di­dates run under its ban­ner as an of­fi­cial stu­dent for­ma­tion at UCT.

“This is an ex­cel­lent out­come since the EFFSC had eight can­di­dates run­ning.

‘‘The stu­dents’ com­mand is still a young and emerg­ing stu­dent voice at UCT and these re­sults re­flect that those who voted have faith in the com­mand to fight for them on this cam­pus,” EFFSC spokesper­son Awonke Goso said,

“Un­der­stand­ing that the SRC in­vokes feel­ings of de­spair and dis­ap­point­ment among the marginalised peo­ples of this univer­sity, the EFFSC takes it upon it­self and with other mem­bers of the SRC to change these feel­ings and in­stil a strong sense of servi­tude to­wards, and com­pas­sion for, all those in­volved in strug­gles at the univer­sity,” Goso said.

The EFFSC said it was com­prised of mem­bers who were, and still are, in­volved in move­ments out­side of what they have called “bu­reau­cracy”.

It is now tasked, firstly, with the restora­tion of trust in of­fi­cial stu­dent gov­er­nance at UCT and, se­condly, the ef­fec­tive use of the com­po­si­tion and re­sources of the bu­reau­cratic struc­ture, as a means of elim­i­nat­ing the mo­nop­oly held by the ex­ec­u­tive and the coun­cil of the univer­sity with re­gard to de­ci­sion-mak­ing which af­fects work­ers and marginalised stu­dents the most.

With the sec­ond most votes, Masixole Mlandu, of Pasma, who was one of five peo­ple in­volved in the #Shackville protest and suc­cess­fully ap­pealed a UCT costs or­der against the “Shackville Five”, said a key strat­egy would be to strengthen gains al­ready made by stu­dent move­ments.

Mlandu said the in­com­ing SRC aimed to con­sol­i­date dif­fer­ent sec­tions of the univer­sity so­ci­ety, and re­al­is­ing free de­colonised ed­u­ca­tion would be a key ob­jec­tive.

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