From the editor: Campus politics

From the editor: Campus politics

I’m tired. So much happened in the last week regarding some developing news stories and political discourses on campus. To the average student these will be small interesting (or uninteresting) stories that have nothing to do with anything really. But to a small handful of people (looking at Student Forum as an indication, that makes about 100 students) last week was wild.

Sasco is still banned. This comes after they failed to submit a report in time and hung a flag during welcoming week (page 4). Sasco had some problems with the ruling, one being that SRC member in charge of Societies, Obakeng Sepeng, mishandled the processes and ultimately would have had to make the call for banning the society, but which was instead made by the SRC and communicated by SRC President Kwena Moloto. But then we get news that Sepeng is having his own troubles with the societies at UP and is threatening to take funding away from UP societies after messing around with their time (also page 4). If we compare these events and try equate these into their broader political environment on campus, we get left with a confusing mess of hypocrisy, unfair treatment, bad communication, and needless and groundless rivalries. Honestly, it looks like a high school clique fight. All the while there are students with actual problems that need to be addressed, as well as people who simply joined societies to live out their passions and find those with similar ways of thinking, and then they must be faced with petty quarrels.

In any case, Moloto maintains that he has “never acted unconstitutionally or used [his] position to settle political scores”.

As our regular readers may know, we also have our own needless and pointless quarrels with the SRC. We got our only response about the issues from my editorial from our sixth edition “Who’s the fake news” at the second quarter student forum via a question asked by our sister media organisation on campus TuksFM. The SRC Secretary still requests us to request documents as if we didn’t (even though I literally published the screenshots).

With all this I couldn’t help asking “Who cares?”. Compared to the total student population, or even just the regular population of Hatfield campus, the amount of people who actually care is so ridiculously small. Less than a quarter of registered students even voted in the last elections in one of the largest voter turnouts in recent years. But then you look at the money and effort put in and it all gets even more confusing.

More of a concern for most students is the encroaching exam season. I’d like to wish everyone good luck in their exam. Work hard, work well and go wild.

Shaun Sproule

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