DUT TRYING TO RHYTHM UBUNTU
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovu
The Durban University of Technology (DUT) Tertiary Peace Forum (TPF) has united with the Umtapo Centre to address Ubuntu in the institution.
The forum is the watch-dog of corruption, racism and drug-abuse in South African Universities.
It was introduced in the University in 2012 to assist the centre in, “reviving the spirit of Ubuntu and peace amongst difference racial groups.”
Chairperson of TPF in DUT, Mondli Ndlazi, said that their organisation is all about peace and Ubuntu in South African society, particularly in institutions of higher learning.
“Lots of organisations have political affiliations. There is no platform where neutral students can come and express their views,” he said.
Since the organisation is not politically associated, Ndlazi believes that their main aim of ensuring sisterhood and brotherhood amongst students will be achievable.
“It looks as if in our community the spirit of peace and brotherhood has been abandoned. We want to bring that spirit back to DUT,” Ndlazi said.
Although TPF was silenced in 2013, the re-introduction of it in the institution is set to change the image of the University, said Ndlazi.
“We focus mostly on nation building and reviving Ubuntu. We believe in the fair distribution of wealth, land and resources,” she said.
“We want to be able to attract young people to get involved to change the nation,” Ntuli explained.