UKZN Welcomes a New Cadre of SRC Members
SASCO won the majority of seats at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Student Representative Council elections.
With 7 053 votes (8 seats), the South Africa Students’ Congress (SASCO) was announced the Central SRC reps, while the Student Christian Fellowship (SCF) received 2 185 votes (2 seats) in the race for Central SRC seats.
SASCO further received the largest number of votes across all campuses, including Westville SRC, Howard College SRC, Edgewood SRC, Pietermaritzburg SRC and Medical School SRC.
The elections were closely followed on social media platforms, with Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula tweeting ‘Winners! Viva Sasco viva! Viva revolution!' as the preliminary results were released.
@SASCO_Jikelele tweeted: ‘The SASCO Tsunami has swept through UKZN winning all 5 campuses. We thank UKZN students for their continued trust in us with their votes.’
The elections were overseen by the Independent Electoral Commission who ensured the voting process was free and fair.
Chief Electoral Officer, Mr Meliqiniso Sibisi, said the elections went off fairly smoothly and thanked all the contesting student organisations and individuals and the overall student population for coming out in their numbers to participate in the highly contested SRC Elections 2015/16. Nonetheless, he acknowledged that the Electoral staff experienced a few challenges, but their experience, foresight and preparedness ensured challenges were properly addressed and the SRC Elections were a resounding success.
Sibisi thanked the KwaZulu-Natal Independent Electoral Commission (KZN IEC), the Executive Director: Student Services, Dr Sibusiso Chalufu; Electoral Commission Chairperson, Mr Jeremy Moleko and the rest of the Electoral Commission members; Student Governance and Leadership Development (SGLD) team and the Risk Management Services (RMS) for providing the necessary guidance, support and assistance throughout the process.