EFF Student Command claims another victory in UCT elections

Jesse Griesel

Jesse Griesel

Published Oct 12, 2021

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CAPE TOWN - The UCT Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC) has welcomed the outcome of the Student Representative Council (SRC) provisional results which saw them triumphant for a fifth consecutive term in office.

Voting for UCT SRC elections 2021 opened on October 4 and closed on October 8.

Eight of the EFFFSC candidates made it to the provisional SRC list, among them Jesse Griesel who had sparked controversy when she announced that she was a candidate under the EFFSC, with 2738 votes. Griesel, in her second year at the university, stated that she was branded a “race traitor” on social media for running for the party.

UCT spokesperson Elijah Moholola confirmed the UCT SRC elections for the 2021/22 term concluded on Friday.

“The poll had a voter turnout of 7459 voters, which is equivalent to 27.7% of the eligible student population. Provisional results were published (yesterday).

“As per the election rules, the publication of the provisional results is followed by a period in which any objection can be lodged within a time frame specified by the Election Commission,” he said, adding the deadline for objections was midday today.

“The final results will then be issued thereafter once objections and complaints would have been dealt with.”

EFFSC Secretary, Siyabulela Plaatjie said the victory was decisive.

“We are honoured to have delivered the UCT EFFSCs 5th consecutive term in office. Some of the few things that will be championed, is the issue of the quality and quantity of food served in catering residences; the issue of insourcing of security and dining hall workers and subsequently the issue of the safety of students around campus. As well as championing the limitations placed by universities that prohibit students from registering and continuing with their studies,” she said.

EFF Western Cape spokesperson Wandile Kasibe said the victory by the Student Command could be reflective of the kind of support the political party will get in the upcoming elections.

“EFF Western Cape would like to congratulate the UCT EFFSC leadership for their decisive victory during these past SRC elections.

“The resounding victory of the Student Command is reflective of the kind of victory the EFF will get on November 1. As Steve Biko said, ‘In time, we shall be in a position to bestow on South Africa the greatest possible gift - a more human face’ and that time has now come. No one can stand in the way of an idea whose time has come. Victory is certain,” he said.

Cape Times

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