The DUT community is getting ready for the upcoming elections which will take place from August 27 2019.

Student movements have been working at winning over students to trust them to be their representatives this coming term. Last year the EFFSC took all positions in the SRC with most votes taking over from the SASCO. Both parties are determined to take office and represent students this year.

The final list of successful candidates was released on Thursday 15 August, with 36 people now eligible to be voted for.

The list can be found on all DUT notice boards.

EFFSC says they are ready for the elections and are confident that they will be SRC again this year.

“We have about 24 candidates which will go through criteria to dictate who is going to make it to the SRC list, ” said Sthembiso Msomi a member of the EFFSC.

The EFFSC said that part of their manifesto is to make sure that there are social programs that will help them interact with students on a daily basis, and to minimise office work so they can be on the ground doing some more ground work.

SASCO claims to have always been a student movement for students by students.

“The struggles that students endure have always been a driving force for the organisation. To be consistent, work hard and advocate for fair treatment that is the only way we can be SRC.” Said Wendy Nzimande a member of SASCO.

They says that part of their manifesto is to make sure that both annual and semester students pay a single fee for tuition and residence; a liaison officer that will deal with students who are doing their in-service training and to end supplementary exam fees.

However, with the elections on the way, some students say they are not really bothered by who is in the SRC office as long as their needs are met. They say believe that the SRC does not have much power to control what happens to in the institution.

“As long as they keep to their manifesto, I don’t care who’s in office. The SRC are just students like us they can only do much,” said Thembelihle Duma.

Nonhlanhla Hlatshwayo

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