DUT SRC MASS MEETING
By: Nokuthula Mabuza
The Durban University of Technology students attended the mass meeting presented by the Students Representative Council (SRC) at the Cane Growers Hall, ML Sultan campus last
The aim of the meeting was to prevent the challenges of 2016 in 2015.
As a result issues like 2014 outstanding fees, adjustments of exam time tables, fee increment, receiving tablets, S-BUX and E-wallet challenges were addressed.
“We understand that some students are facing issues financially especially with the E-wallets and swaps,” said Siyajabula Champion, Youth Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA)
Champion said that they will fight until all students get equal funds from NSFAS and they are willing to give up anything.
“Students must know we are here for them and with SRC and SASCO they all have one home and parents,” added Champion.
The SRC president Sphephelo “440” Mthembu said that they are aware that some students are still not yet registered due to outstanding fees but they are trying to help them.
“We have managed to register 600 students out of plus thousand students that were not registered,” added Mthembu.
However, the opposing team ALUTA (meaning “struggle continue”) has already thrown a towel on the new SRC leaders and recalled their first meeting as a failure.
Thobani Banda, the chairperson of ALUTA said that the SRC is acting against their constitution and is politically biased.
“It is very disheartening to see very first new SRC meeting result in poor attendance.
The SRC is failing the students because it allows political parties like YCLSA to campaign instead of addressing the students issues and progresses,” said Banda.