Sasco wins SRC elections at TUT

2015-09-02 16:31

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Pretoria - The SA Students Congress (Sasco) has garnered the most votes in the Tshwane University of Technology's central Student Representative Council elections, the institution said on Wednesday. 

"The final results of the student leadership elections that took place at the Tshwane University of Technology on August 27 2015, have been released this morning after the independent elections management company signed the process off as free and fair at all voting stations," spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said in a statement.

"Sasco obtained the highest number of votes as far as the central SRC is concerned, followed by the EFF. The process of constituting the local Student Representative Councils commenced today, September 2, and is expected to conclude with the constitution of the Central SRC on September 8."

Across TUT's six campuses, Sasco got 5 671 votes, which equalled to three seats on the central SRC, while the EFF had 4 220 votes, which equalled to two seats.

The Students Christian Organisation had 1 603 votes and one seat, while the Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania had 1 319 votes, and one seat as well.

Voter turnout up

For the 2015 SRC election, the voter turnout was 21% of the student population, as per the voters roll.

"More than 13 000 students voted for the CSRC [central SRC] , which is a significant increase from the 9 199 [16%] in 2014," De Ruyter said.

Meanwhile, EFF members and rival organisations clashed at the TUT's Pretoria West campus on Thursday as the SRC elections began.

The members had gathered to listen to EFF leader Julius Malema speak.

On Saturday, two EFF members were hospitalised after being stabbed at TUT residences.

The party's TUT Pretoria West branch secretary, Thuto Nthulenyane, told News24 at the time that members of the Sasco were allegedly responsible for the attacks on the two.

Sasco members admitted to slapping and punching the two, but blamed the EFF for prompting the incident by targeting one of its members.

A student from the university told News24 earlier on Wednesday that some students who ran for SRC posts focused on politics and not student affairs.

"Almost all of them are like that. They are looking out for politics and not students. It's what they do," Mondli Mncwabe said.

Must be calm

Mncwabe lamented the violence surrounding political parties and organisations at the university.

"Politicians and students do not understand that they just have to be calm."

He said he voted for Sasco during the elections.

When asked why he voted when most students did not, he said: "Because I feel that it is the right thing to do. I have to have an opinion."

Novela Nkosi, a human resources student, also said she put her vote behind Sasco.

"They have the best leaders," she said.

When asked about tensions with the EFF at the institution, Nkosi said: "The EFF has no respect."

Davhula Percy, a first-year student from TUT's Soshanguve campus, said students affiliated with the EFF and those from Sasco did argue on their campus on occasion, but it never descended into violence.

"I did not vote because I was not here at the time. But if I did, I would vote for Sasco because they represent what I want."

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