Diamond shines as new SRC chair­per­son of Maties

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In the midst of the ris­ing ten­sions at Stel­len­bosch Univer­sity, which is pop­u­larly known as Maties, a his­tor­i­cal ap­point­ment was made when the SRC ap­pointed its sec­ond black chair­per­son in the in­sti­tu­tion’s history.

Ax­o­lile Diamond Qina snatched vic­tory from Bradley Frolick, son of ANC MP Cedric Frolick, with nine votes to six. The elec­tion was held on cam­pus on Thurs­day evening. Stel­len­bosch’s last black SRC chair­per­son was Wynoma Michaels who was elected 17 years ago. Qina and Frolick went head-to-head in a process in which they made open­ing state­ments, were ques­tioned by other SRC mem­bers, and then ques­tioned by stu­dents.

The most dra­matic ques­tions of the night were posed to Qina, who was asked to ex­plain his po­si­tion on the vot­ing pol­icy of the men’s res­i­dence he headed this year. The pol­icy al­lows half a vote to first-year stu­dents when vot­ing for the house com­mit­tee. Qina said mem­bers of his res­i­dence be­lieved that af­ter six months, first-year stu­dents did not know the can­di­dates well enough. Qina’s sup­port from the SRC was ob­vi­ous go­ing into the elec­tion. But Frolick’s win would have been a vic­tory for trans­for­ma­tion group Open Stel­len­bosch with which he has close ties. Qina will now head to Par­lia­ment with the man­age­ment del­e­ga­tion on Tues­day to ap­pear be­fore the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee of higher ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing.


– S’them­bile Cele

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