Chaos as SRC is dis­solved

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Welling­ton Mak­wakwa

PAN­DE­MO­NIUM reigns at the Univer­sity of Zu­l­u­land (Unizulu) af­ter 12 mem­bers of the Stu­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil (SRC) were im­pli­cated in se­ri­ous crim­i­nal al­le­ga­tions last week. Al­le­ga­tions of theft by stu­dent lead­ers and mem­bers of the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fighters Stu­dents’ Com­mand (EFFSC) sur­faced last week, lead­ing to the in­sti­tu­tion dis­solv­ing the SRC body. Even though re­ports are not clear, it is al­leged EFFSC lead­ers looted ac­ces­sories dur­ing their strate­gic plan­ning trip at Good­er­son Drak­ens­berg Gar­dens on 10 Novem­ber. Ac­cord­ing to Unizulu Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mar­ket­ing, Gcina Nh­leko-Md­luli, the stu­dent lead­er­ship was found un­fit to stand of­fice af­ter 12 of the 15 were im­pli­cated. ‘An ad­min­is­tra­tor will be ap­pointed from the three mem­bers who were not im­pli­cated in com­mit­ting the mis­con­duct. ‘Con­sul­ta­tions will be made with the ap­pointed amongst the three and the an­nounce­ment will be com­mu­ni­cated to all stu­dents once the process is fi­nalised,’ she said. The EFFSC lead­er­ship vic­to­ri­ously took power af­ter win­ning the stu­dent elec­tions in Oc­to­ber. Leader Non­to­beko Zulu was elected SRC pres­i­dent, along with eight other EFFSC mem­bers, who were elected onto the 15-per­son coun­cil. Even though the in­sti­tu­tion has not laid any crim­i­nal charges, ac­cord­ing to Zulu they are now seek­ing le­gal ad­vice fol­low­ing the in­sti­tu­tion’s ac­tion.

Tur­moil con­tin­ues among stu­dent lead­ers

Since the news of the SRC was made pub­lic, stu­dent lead­ers from other po­lit­i­cal par­ties voiced strong views on the mat­ter. ‘The ac­tions of the SRC con­firm our long stand­ing view that these peo­ple are not fit to hold of­fice as they lied to stu­dents dur­ing their man­i­festo,’ said a state­ment from SASCO’s Khulekani Mh­longo Branch. Other stu­dents flooded so­cial me­dia and stated their views. ‘Sec­tion 33 (1) of the con­sti­tu­tion of the Repub­lic of South Africa pro­vides for a right to ad­min­is­tra­tive ac­tion that is pro­ce­du­rally fair. To this ef­fect there are three sources of law that need to be vis­ited. ‘Inas­much as the univer­sity has its own rules and poli­cies it re­main sub­jected to the Con­sti­tu­tion and other sources of South African Law and the univer­sity failed to live by the spirit of the con­sti­tu­tion in is­su­ing sus­pen­sion let­ters in a short and un­rea­son­able no­tice and ex­pected pre­sen­ta­tion in such no­tice,’ said Phi­lani Nkam­bule on the Unizulu Pol­i­tics Face­book page.

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