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Mass meeting at UP

NTOMBI MKANDHLA

On 18 May, the Temporary Student Committee (TSC) hosted a mass meeting at the Piazza on UP’s Hatfield campus to address student grievances. The gathering was the result of various student bodies and political organisations coming together to petition for the TSC to engage with students. Together, they are known as the UP Student Commission.
Thabo Shingange, the TSC’s deputy chairperson, opened the meeting. In light of the national crisis of female sexual assault, particularly that of the black woman, he stressed his disapproval of UP’s sexual harassment policy. Calling it “flawed and problematic”, he said that those who are offended by those speaking out against issues such as hyper-masculinity and rape are the “very beneficiaries of patriarchy” at the institution.

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Women protest against rape at UP

HENRI UYS

On 16 May, approximately 100 female students protested on UP’s Hatfield campus. The protest was part of a campaign called “UP safety is a lie”.

Perdeby spoke to some of the protestors, who preferred to be identified as “All women on campus”. They said, “We decided to come together because we are tired of this institution (UP) not protecting us and not protecting our interests. We are unsafe in this space. Women are getting raped, women are getting sexually violated in their own residences.”

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Students demand scrapping of application fee

HENRI UYS

Students at UP want the university to remove the R300 application fee from its application process.

The Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (PASMA) started an online petition to demand the scrapping of the application fee. In the petition, PASMA states: “In a country known for having the widest income inequality gap in the world, it is important that the university ensures that it is not adding financial obstacles which will prevent the poor from entering its gates. The application fee works to filter the diversity of students entering the university as the poorest who cannot afford such fees are left with no option but to apply to universities that do not charge such a fee.”

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Serrie 2017 cancelled

MARKO SVICEVIC

Following a social media outburst condemning derogatory and sexist posters shown at Serrie prelims, STUKU announced on its Facebook page that the 2017 Serrie finals have been cancelled. According to Temporary Student Committee (TSC) President Henrico Barnard, the decision to cancel Serrie was taken this afternoon at a meeting between the TSC, the Department of Student Affairs and STUKU (Student Culture).

Several student leaders took to Facebook to express their opinions on the matter. TSC Deputy President Thabo Shingange said “We are pleased to inform that Serrie Finals have been cancelled, we need to uproot this culture #UPRapeCrisis #MenAreTrash.” Former SRC member for residences Michael Bongani Reinders condemned the incident referring to it as the “epitome of the perpetuation of toxic masculinity and misogyny.”

In a statement by STUKU it confirmed that the Serrie Finals had been cancelled. "The decision  was not easy and was made after long deliberation and consultation with various stakeholders...," the statement read. It added that "The decision was made in the best interests of the students and the University community as an institution of higher learning." The statement also said that STUKU would rely on the student body to ensure that future student culture events would not be marred by a repeat of insensitive, disrespectful or offensive behaviour. 

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Semester in review

SHAUN SPROULE, DITEBOGO TSHAKA AND LORINDA MARRIAN

 

The first semester of 2017 is coming to a close and a lot has happened around UP’s campuses. 2017 opened with the news that the Temporary Student Council (TSC), appointed by UP Management in 2016, would continue to operate in place of the Student Representative Council (SRC). The appointment came after SRC elections in 2016 were not concluded due to protests. The TSC was appointed to temporarily carry out SRC duties in 2017 until the SRC’s reinstatement, which would occur after the elections set to take place in the second semester. UP faced a res crisis after members of political parties on campus rallied for students who were left without a place to stay.

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