University ‘blocking IFP Youth activities’

2008-01-23 00:00

Cape Town — The Inkatha Freedom Party Youth Brigade (IFPYB) has made an urgent call on Education Minister Naledi Pandor to intervene at the Mangosuthu University of Technology, where, the youth brigade says, management of the university is "acting in bad faith".

In a statement released yesterday, the brigade’s acting national chairwoman Patricia Lebenya accused the university management of "purposefully" obstructing the IFP’s student wing — the South African Democratic Students’ Movement (Sadesmo) — from carrying out their duties.

Lebenya said this has been the case since Sadesmo won nine of the 12 seats on the Student Representative Council (SRC) during last year’s elections.

"Mangosuthu University of Technology’s student leaders have been elected by the students of the university, who are the main stakeholders of this institution, yet management have failed to acknowledge the new leadership of this council.

"The main role of the SRC is to assist students, especially new students, but this year the SRC only received keys to their offices on the January 7, 2008, which has effectively delayed registration of new students at the University.

"And this is what is now frustrating and angering the IFPYB. New students are being made to suffer by the management of the Mangosuthu University of Technology," Lebenya said.

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