Campaign expected to intensify

2017-06-07 06:01
The newly elected Economic Freedom Fighters Student Commend at the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) are from the left Boniface Ralokwakweng (deputy chairperson), Geraldine Mnduzulwana (secretary), Kgothalang Lotshe (chairperson), Vuyelwa Kgune (deputy secretary) and Andy Kaars (treasurer). Photo: Supplied

The newly elected Economic Freedom Fighters Student Commend at the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) are from the left Boniface Ralokwakweng (deputy chairperson), Geraldine Mnduzulwana (secretary), Kgothalang Lotshe (chairperson), Vuyelwa Kgune (deputy secretary) and Andy Kaars (treasurer). Photo: Supplied

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The newly elected Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command at the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) will not rest until well decolonised education is met for its students.

That was vowed by the new chairperson, Kgothalang Lotshe, after his appointment on Thursday, 18 May, at SPU. The Fees Must Fall campaign is expected to be intensified as top priority as they believe the institution failed to commit to its promises of not increasing fees.

According to Lotshe, 2017 fees increased by at least 8%, even though SPU promised no fee increase after a memorandum was handed over to management in 2016.

”There is still a lot to do apart from emphasising the FeesMustFall campaign,” said Lotshe.

He singled out challenges such as first year students’ faulty laptops, which cause delays in their perfor-mance.

“We regard that as garbage,” he lashed out.

According to him, the availability of WiFi on campus during the day is also among the challenges as it is only available on campus from 17:00 to 05:00.

“This means students at day classes are unable to use WiFi to view their tutorials and only the ones at res get the opportunity to use it.

“These are some of the issues that we are plannig to emphasise as our Student Representative Council fails to do anything about,” he said.

Transparency from the institution’s finance department has also proved to be a nightmare.

The students claim they only learn about their debts around April when they are send a bill or a letter of demand.

Lotshe belonged to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) since its inception and wishes to push student policies with full force, including making the lives of the vulnerable easier.

He promised to use his leadership position to the best of the advantage of the youth and is ready to fully complete his mandate that he was given by young people.

Part of the mandate is to enforce the workers on campus and to fight for them to be fully employed by the university, instead of being exploited as they are.

“It is not over with FeesMustFall yet, until we get free education.

“We want to be able to make free education feasible and aim to stand up firmly, even if it means more protests.”

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