UFS SRC wants culture of university to change

SRC president Lindokuhle Ntuli. Photo Mark Steenbok

The Student Representative Council (SRC) at the University of the Free State wants an independent transformation commission to be established to tackle racism and discrimination.

This was one of the demands on the list of directives that was handed over to the Council of the University on Thursday 1 September.

Outgoing SRC president, Lindokuhle Ntuli, says the commission should be established by 15 September.

He says they have also requested the university to review their employment policy.

“In thirty years time this university must be in a better position than it is now. It can never be in a better position if we do not align ourselves and start making new changes,” says Ntuli.

He says they will meet with the council on Friday 9 September to discuss the list of directives.

“We have made it very clear if the response is not favourable to our demands. Then we will be forced to shut down the institution until such time that the council and university is prepared to transform,” says Ntuli.

Meanwhile, Pumla Mgobhozi, from the gender-based group, Embrace the Sisters, says they want the university to implement a sexual harassment policy and a gender office that is active on campus. She says a second meeting with the university’s management was set to take place today to discuss their concerns.

Hundreds of students came together at the UFS’s Bloemfontein campus on Thursday to march against gender inequality, racism and discrimination.

Photo: Mark Steenbok
Photo: Mark Steenbok

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