Barnard confirmed that SRC elections will be held in the second semester of this year, although they may take place earlier, depending on the CSG review process.
UP spokesperson Candice Jooste confirmed to Perdeby that the TSC’s term of office has been extended until the SRC elections take place.
When asked about the TSC term extension, AfriForum Youth Tuks Branch Chairperson, Renier Goosen, said, “Due to the disruptions last year the TSC has not been democratically elected but [was] a necessary entity at this stage.” Goosen added that AfriForum did not support the TSC term extension as a digital re-election could be held in order to have democratically elected leaders in place.
According to DASO UP Secretary, Sebastian Bielderman, the CSG was again amended in November 2016 and now contains a vague subsection relating to the TSC’s appointment due to disrupted elections. “No time period has been given in which new elections to replace the TSC must be held, which has allowed Management to extend the operational time of the TSC as they please. UP has now had three TSCs in four years, which along with the latest amendments is beginning to create the impression that Management is quite happy to select student representatives and not have them elected by the student body,” said Bielderman. He further added that an impression was given to students that UP Management wanted to micromanage student leadership instead of working parallel to it.
Sasco Secretary Fumani Ndlamini said that Sasco condemns the extension of the TSC term, and said that “Sasco is calling for the reinstatement of student parliament. We note that the DSA has been reluctant to all our calls regarding the amendment of the constitution. The TSC, according to the constitution that they are so eager to keep, has only a six month term. After which a rightfully elected SRC should assume office. It is with contempt to argue anything to the contrary. we have been subject to an unlawful constitution, and we are maintaining our stance on its amendment. But we are opposed to have this so called “constitution” used as a tool to protect Afriforum and its draconian interests.” Ndlamini added, “The University of Pretoria would be undermining students and prove itself racist if it grants this Afriforum led TSC extension, therefore breaking the constitution. This will be met with the highest level of opposition. It would be with great sadness that the university would break the very rules they make just to accommodate a racist Afriforum.”
EFFSC-UP deputy chairperson Caroline Letsoalo said of the TSC term extension that “the EFFSC notices with disappointment the University council’s second attempt at short-circuiting democracy at the institution by unilaterally deciding extend the term of office of the incumbent TSC leadership that is not only illegitimate but is also self-serving as they have occupied those positions because of prestige purposes.” Letsoalo added, “The EFFSC rejects the TSC extenion because it is unconstitutional and the Council is warned to stop testing the patience of black students. Stakeholders were not engaged before the decision was taken and therefore the extension is illegitimate just like the appointment in the first place.”