Memorandum: DUT student protestors want SRC disbanded

2011-06-14 00:00

STUDENTS at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) have proposed a vote of no confidence in the student representative council (SRC) and want it dissolved.

This emerged during a protest at the Riverside site yesterday after an undertaking made by Pietermaritzburg students following a meeting last week.

In a memorandum handed to the director of student services, the students claim that the SRC budget contributes nothing to the institution’s academic life, but is rather a social budget for entertainment and providing luxuries for a few individuals.

Lindani “Skhumbasenja Endala” Duma, who is the secretary of the ANC Youth League, told The Witness, “We are capable of shutting the institution down, but we want to follow the right channels.”

He said the decision marks the culmination of the students’ grievances with the SRC.

Scelo Buthelezi, the chairperson of the National Student Movement (Nasmo), said various student organisations are supposed to benefit from the student budget.

However, Pietermaritzburg-based organisations and societies have not been given any budget allocation.

Professor Nqabomzi Gawe, DUT’s the deputy vice chancellor, confirmed that a memorandum was received by the midlands campus.

Duma said section 14 of the constitution of 2008 of the SRC states that 350 signatures are required to dissolve the SRC.

The protesters claim to have collected 519 by yesterday.

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