Sasco says it will reject new SRC election date

THE South African Student Congress yesterday says it would oppose the date set for student representative council re-elections by the management of the University of Zululand.

THE South African Student Congress yesterday says it would oppose the date set for student representative council re-elections by the management of the University of Zululand.

The re-election date, April 19, comes after the university has been without a student body for months.

According to Sasco this has led to irregularities at the university.

Sasco provincial spokesperson Sandile Phakathi said the university had not communicated with all relevant parties involved in student matters and SRC elections in particular.

He said as a result of poor communication the general atmosphere on campus was not conducive to SRC elections.

The university's 2009 SRC elections were declared null and void after Sasco's rivals, the IFP aligned SA Democratic Students Movement (Sadesmo) failed to submit the necessary paper work to the IEC and were ruled ineligible.

Though recently appointed university rector Ntombifikile Mazibuko set the date for the re-election to take place as April 19, the varsity did not ask the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for assistance to run the elections..

"We heard that the new rector has set the date for the elections, but we will object since the university failed to discuss such action with us," Phakathi said.

IEC electoral officer Mawethu Mosery said the university had not contacted them. The IEC was unaware of the date set.

He said that the university was not obliged to seek assistance from the IEC if they felt they could manage to conduct the elections on their own.

"We only offer technical assistance if contacted by universities, but they are not bound to contact us. It is entirely their decision," Mosery said.

Sadesmo provincial chairperson Ntokozo Mafuleka said they were pleased with the date set by management. He said the elections would give students a chance to have a body that will look after their needs.

Mafuleka said: "To us it is not a matter of who wins the elections. What matters is that the students will have a body to which they can forward their concerns."

University spokesperson Thabo Leshoro confirmed that the university had set a date. He said management met with the students yesterday and they were informed that they had next week to campaign for the election.

"Management has set a date for the elections, participating parties will only have next week to campaign among their peers," Leshoro said.

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