DUT STUDENTS TAKE TO THE POLLS
By: Mandisa Magwaza
The Durban University of Technology (DUT) is currently holding its annual Student Representative Council (SRC) elections, which are due to end on Friday 4th October.
Campaigning started at the beginning of September as different parties made way to campuses and residences in search of votes. The leading organisation, South African Students Congress (SASCO), has been in power for 11 years after Pan African Congress (PAC) lost the elections in 2003.
Students of DUT are yet again displaying confidence in SASCO candidates, as the leadership of the DUT branch does a survey each day after voting.
Mpendulo Nkwanyana, a Tourism Management student said, “The yearly intake has increased massively from 19 000 to 23 000 students. This means that students can now easily access DUT since SASCO has been in power. I have noticed changes and students who can’t afford paying fees getting the NSFAS full package loan which has reached 70%.”
Nkwanyana also commended the developments in the various libraries at the institution.
“The library has curbed the issue of book shortage, and has introduced E-learning and 200 laptops at the library. They have also introduced extended curriculum programs aimed at students from disadvantaged schools and backgrounds. The organisation has fought for our needs and rights.”
Young Communist League branch secretary Sakhiso Sithole was upbeat about his party collecting the top honours at the polls again this year.
“Students first advanced national democratic revolution through education towards the realisation of the freedom charter in pursuit of socialism and alternately communism. We are confident that we are winning, history will repeat itself and victory is certain,” said Sithole.
According to Senzo Ntsele, who is a candidate of the National Student Movement (NASMO), this year’s elections are free and fair.
He however highlighted the decrease in the number of voters this year. Ntsele blamed the timing of elections saying they were conducted during exam time.