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Students want UFS council out

2008-05-27 20:01

Bloemfontein - The SA Student Congress (Sasco) on Tuesday repeated its calls for the council of the University of the Free State (UFS) to resign.

Sasco chairperson in the Free State, Mojalefa Simango, said the organisation welcomed the announcement by the UFS on the closure of the Reitz men's residence, but more was needed.

"We are also appealing to the minister (Education Minister Naledi Pandor) to come down to disband the university council."

He said that when the council, the highest decision body of the institution, continued to be a problem, nothing was going to be transformed at the university.

The UFS was the centre of a racial storm in February this year over a controversial racist video, made by former Reitz residents, which sparked a national and international outcry.

Want student services dean out

The video featured black university employees on their knees eating food which apparently had been urinated on by a white student.

UFS acting rector, Professor Theuns Verschoor, said the Reitz premises would be changed into an Institute of Diversity and that a budget of R1m had been approved for planning and design.

Nevertheless, Sasco also called for the university's dean for student services, Natie Luyt, to leave office.

"We appeal to the management that he must vacate that office," said Simango.

"We want him to leave because he was one of the stumbling blocks in our view to transformation."

Simango said the university should also rather invest the money, to be spent on an Institute for Diversity, on other projects.

"We need more hostels," he said.