The past week has been a tiring and sanding one. We heard the death of a student who committed suicide and we were bombarded with SRC campaigning in class rooms and shuttles. We can only say our goodbyes to the fellow student who left us and pray for free and fair SRC elections.
I consider myself an apathetic student, I don’t attend Student Assembly and I really don’t know what the purpose of the SRC is. But if it does have that purpose and it’s a good one, I want it to be well guarded by democracy and transparency. I want and SRC we can trust, one that can deliver.
I don’t care is my SRC is led by DASO, SASCO, Independents or the new girl in a blue wig; as long as my SRC can be trusted.
I voted for the first time ever in 2012 and to be honest, I did not want to. When we had to vote for the second time, I said “whatever, never mind”. I mean, they said “You Only Vote Once” now I had to vote twice. “Aint nobody got time for that!!”
All this madness happened because DASO contravened election bylaws. They overspend their allocated budget with over 100%. The Election Committee penalised DASO with a fine of R7145.71, the same amount they overspend with.
DASO had Helen Zille, Lindiwe Mazibuko and Musi Maimane coming to campus to campaign for them. They did not disclose this to the IEC as required braking bylaw number 6.1.6. My concern however is not that but the influence and impression DASO gives with this.
Helen, Lindiwe and Musi are all TOP DA leaders coming to campaign for students. C’mon now, are we going to have an SRC that pushes DA agendas or student agendas. I don’t want that.
Secondly, DASO used their MacBooks and iPads to make students vote for them after handing them Candy Flosses and Coffee. This extended to bribe and broke bylaw number 6.9., 9.1 and 9.3.
These contraventions resulted in the cancelation of over 3000 first VULA votes and students were required to re-vote.
DASO was disqualified by the SRC and they took the matter to the VC who appointed Hugh Corder who brought DASO back and gave them a suspended sentence.
Thanks to DASO, I am no longer an apathetic student; they made me more interested into student politics but not in a good way. I waited for their explanation and apology, it never came.
I went to the past weeks’ interrogations and again, they failed to give a full explanation of what happened when asked questions about last year.
I don’t want an SRC that is controlled by a leader of a political party. I don’t want an SRC that cheats its way by bribing and committing electoral fraud and gets a away with it. I want an SRC that all students can trust.
Now, it looks like DASO is another DA’s strategic of winning South Africa one day. I am not here to make political statements.
I will vote again this year, I won’t vote twice but one. I will vote for Independents and some worthy SASCO members. So far, SASCO has not given me a reason not to vote for them. I would not mind if people who vote it.
But if you’re like ZANU-PF supporters in Zimbabwe, you don’t support Free and Fair elections. Vote DA-so and VOTE for an SRC led by Helen Zille and Lindiwe Mazibuko.
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