Editorial

From the Editor-in_Chief: Transformation: where is the line of demarcation?

Carel Willemse 

I’ve worked closely with some of the students affected by the current controversial SRC situation playing out on our front page. The emotional impact on the democratically elected student leaders is just as prevalent on those who reluctantly needed to step up and fill the ex-officio positions to balance the quota set out in the Constitution for Student Governance. No one won.

There really isn’t much I can say that will change the situation at the moment. I’d rather focus on the evident transformation that has taken place in our student structures. Who would’ve thought that UP would need to dance to the tune of filling quota positions for white students? Through a democratic process, UP students have spoken, and the result was a completely different student leadership from previous years.

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From the Editor: Between a rock and a hard place

Last week was a wild week. So much happened in a short space of time and I am very proud of the Perdeby team. We had a huge amount of information to sift through to ensure we discovered and represented the most accurate and balanced story we could.

This story is obviously a contentious issue. After years of pushing for transformation and many failed attempts, we were finally sitting with an SRC with less than 20% white representation. What makes this very important is that this was a result of a democratic vote, meaning that the students decided that this was the group they wanted to represent them. But alas, the Constitution of Student Governance could not allow for this.

I see the initial results of the election as an overwhelming success and a huge step forward for us. But the decision to ensure we follow the Constitution was an important one, one that was, in some ways, necessary to make (although not the one that solves our problems, gives the students what they want, or aids in our fight towards transformation.)

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From the Editor: New [insert relevant time], new me

We like to transform ourselves, to be better people, at various times of the year. New semesters call for the “I will attend every class” lie, newyear’s comes with the elaborate and impossible gym plans, winter might find you frantically trying to find the perfect cuddly somebody (even if that might be teddy bear shopping) to get you through the cold months.

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From the Editor: Change is as good as a holiday

There has been a lot of change in the air recently. If you hadn’t heard, we have a new SRC – an SRC in which DASO won by a surprisingly wide margin – after a year of having the somewhat controversial TSC.

The massive voter turn-out was a surprise to me. The amount of people at any of the circuses was very low, and with DASO’s success, it seems some of the other parties and independent candidates underestimated the power of social media. The circuses and debates are meant to help students make informed decisions on who they vote for, but questions and comments went wild on some of the posts across social media where candidates could personally and thoughtfully respond to questions.

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From the Editor-in-Chief: Clean sweep victory for DASO, but can they get the Student Governance house in order?

What might have seemed like Christmas to some, felt like an April Fools’ joke to others as the preliminary SRC election results were announced last Wednesday. DASO cleaned house by taking the ten elective portfolios decisively. It was really only by default that the EFFSC managed to pick up the two deputy positions in the presidential and secretary portfolios. The margin of victory obtained by DASO makes it clear that this wasn’t a fluke, the closest contestant showed a difference of more than 400 votes. On average the difference between the DASO candidates and their competition was more than 1300 votes.

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