Campus Life

Flyers in check of elections



A number of students from Education campus have acted on their #whyshouldwevote campaign as flyers were being handed out next to the voting station on education campus.  Some Wits Education Student Council (ESC) leaders have voiced their strong support for this campaign.

“We’re handing these flyers out to ensure people don’t vote carelessly, if they are not conscious of their vote, then why are they voting?” said Bedney Morole.  He explained that it was more of an awareness campaign for conscious voting or no voting at all.

Morole said that he would not be voting.

The flyers read “Future teachers’ united #why should we vote, we are sick of empty promises. Can we be taken serious?”

“We are not against the parties that are running, but just bringing awareness to students, said Philip Hlatshwayo, who was also handing out the flyers.

When asked if he would be voting Hlatshwayo said: “We are abstaining from voting”.

Manqoba Chungwane, second year Education student said: “we don’t even have options for food here, we can only buy from Olives and Plates which is very expensive, so we have to travel to main campus every day for lunch.

Third year Education student Themba Sibeko said ever since he was in first year, there has only been one Kudu terminal for printing.  “We have asked for it to be removed from inside the library so that we can access it when the library closes, as it closes so early, but nothing was done.

They don’t care about us,” he said.

“How can you have one Kudu Bucks machine for about 2000 students? And one ATM that never works! How can we ever vote when our voices are not heard?” said Thabiso Dlamini, third year Education student.

“I believe these flyers are a result of grievances from the students”, said Mokolwane Masweneng, Wits ESC Academic officer.

He said the ESC received grievances from the students and took them to the head of school, which is still waiting for a response from the dean of student’s office.

“The students have the right to state their grievances and I support this campaign, said Masweneng.  “I am also not voting, I am representing the students” he said.

Wits ESC Grievances officer Xolani Khoza said the issue here is about representation, “it doesn’t say we are not going to vote, but we want to know why we should,” he said.

Khoza would not say whether he would be voting or not, but said that he was in full support of the students.

“I am a student before I am a leader, and tomorrow we will go on for a full day of campaigning if our grievances have still not been answered,” he said.


By Bongiwe Tutu