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Black Lawyers Association’s debate over LLB curriculum

SHAMMAH BOTERERE

On 16 March the Black Lawyers Association Student Chapter (BLASC) hosted a debate on the LLB curriculum. The debate was led by the chairperson of the society, Kgomotso Moteno, a fourth-year LLB student.

The major issue of contention was whether the LLB curriculum was enough to equip graduates with the skills they would need to survive in the corporate world. This has been an ongoing debate nationwide.

The debate was aimed at informing its members, mainly law students, about the realities of the LLB degree and finding out student views on the curriculum itself.

Some universities, like the University of Witwatersrand, have as of this year made it compulsory for students to initially obtain either a BA or BCom degree in law and afterward continue with an LLB degree.

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African philosophy to be introduced into UP syllabus

MAKHOSAZANA NDLOVU

The last few weeks have been highlighted by numerous discussions on the issue of transformation at UP. On 15 May a seminar discussing the introduction of an African philosophy syllabus to the philosophy department was held.

 

In this seminar, experts in the field of philosophy were invited to discuss how African philosophy can be introduced as a module or be integrated on equal footing in the current philosophy modules. The acting head of the Department of Philosophy, Prof. Etienne de Villiers, agrees that the introduction of African philosophy is a movement towards transformation in the institution.

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Afriforum and Daso lay complaint against Sasco and Rassie

MICHAEL BONGANI REINDERS

Following the recent #TuksSoWhite Twitter campaign by Sasco, Afriforum have lain a complaint against Sasco and University of Pretoria SRC President Mosibudi “Rassie” Rasethaba.

 

The complaint was delivered to university management along with a list of demands, asking them to take steps to address the issue. Their demands were: that organisations like Sasco, the Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) and the Anti-Racism Forum’s (ARF) policies are urgently investigated, that action needs to be taken against the organisations involved, specifically Sasco and the ARF over their comments in the matter of #TuksSoWhite, that an investigation is made into the involvement of the SRC and specifically Rasethaba and his support of the #TuksSoWhite campaign, and that the SRC must also make a public apology.

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#WhosMyPresident: Rassie answers Twitter’s questions

JODY DAVISON AND MICHAEL BONGANI REINDERS

There has recently been discontent with SRC presidents at various universities around the country. In light of this, last week a hashtag called #WhosMyPresident began on Twitter. This hashtag referred to University of Pretoria SRC president Mosibudi “Rassie” Rasethaba and was accompanied by many questions which tweeters directed at Rasethaba.

 

Perdeby took some of the questions that were asked on Twitter and posed them to Rasethaba directly. The questions focused on issues regarding the SRC as well as Rasethaba, with many drawing attention to the fact that the photos and portfolios of the new SRC have not yet been updated on their website. In response to this, Rasethaba said, “The SRC member responsible for the updating of the website (Tumelo Duke Rasebopye) only received the website training just over two weeks ago, which allowed him access to the site for updating and the editing of the site.” He further said, “The upgrading of the website is most at fault for the delays in updating the SRC’s page. Firstly, during the upgrading process there was a lengthy period when no one had access to their web pages. Secondly, the upgrade period extended into the current year and term of the SRC, resulting in a delay in the training of all those who were to receive access and training to navigate their pages.”

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UP societies registration woes

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN

On 12 May the Societies at Tuks Facebook page posted a statement saying that “all emails have been sent out between 20 and 22 April regarding the registration for societies.” This comes after 21 societies were denied registration for 2015. Berto Schoeman, chairperson of the Society for Current Global Affairs, who were also denied registration, claimed that this was untrue as he had not received any communication.

 

“We had to repeatedly go to Roosmaryn and ask for the email to be sent out and only after a week of complaining and finally asking her [Fundiswa Sizani, the administrative officer of the SRC] to send the email out in front of us did we manage to get it,” says Schoeman’s comment on the Societies at Tuks Facebook post. This comment was backed up by Jenna Fulcher, secretary of the Wine Tasting Society, who found out that the Wine Tasting Society had been denied re-registration through the article “No use crying over spilt wine” published in the last edition of Perdeby.

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