Equal Education elects new National Council

2018-07-06 18:37
Learners and Equal Education members attend the organisations’s four day congress at Wits University’s Parktown campus where the new National Council was elected. (Equal Education)

Learners and Equal Education members attend the organisations’s four day congress at Wits University’s Parktown campus where the new National Council was elected. (Equal Education)

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Equal Education (EE) has ended its national congress this week by electing 19 members to serve on the organisation's National Council - its highest decision-making body.

The congress was held at the Wits University Education Campus in Parktown, Johannesburg, GroundUp reported.

On Thursday evening, activist Thabang Mabuza was elected as chairperson of the National Council, Noncedo Madubedube as general secretary, Tracey Malawana as deputy general secretary, Siyanda Tyuthwana as deputy chairperson (learner representative) and Sindisa Monakali as deputy chairperson (post-school youth).

According to a statement on Thursday, EE's outgoing leadership "assessed the organisation's governance, campaigns, finance and operations over the last three years" during the four-day event. It said the delegates included learners, parents, post-school youth, and staff members.

They passed resolutions to deal with the challenges faced by the student movement, which would give EE's new National Council "a clear sense of [the] movement’s goals and guiding principles until 2021".

Constitutional amendments

Many of the topics discussed during the congress were aimed at educating EE members on issues of race, patriarchy, gender, and sexual orientation, both within the movement and in broader society.

"This must form a core part of the political agenda and political education of Equal Education," it said.

The statement also said that Constitutional amendments had been made to ensure that EE's governance structures were independent from its operational staff. These amendments were made in light of various sexual harassment allegations against senior members of the organisation earlier this year.

EE noted the success of its congress and that some of its discussion sessions had ended at 00:00. Three of the sessions, which were meant to be open to media, were cancelled and other sessions were cut short due to time constraints.

GroundUp has emailed and called the general secretary for comment on this.

Earlier in the week, EE promised that it would be answering additional questions when it reopens on July 16.

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