Almost three months and a court battle later, the Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC) will take the reins of the student representative council (SRC) at the University of Johannesburg.
The North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday ruled in favour of the application by the EFFSC to be constituted into office by the end of the week after an almost three month delay which the EFFSC said was caused by members of the SA Students Congress (Sasco) who did not attend the constituting meeting and the university which refused to constitute the EFFSC majority in the absence of the two Sasco members. The EFFSC took the university, the two Sasco members and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to court where the ruling said the “second and third respondents (the two Sasco members) are ordered and compelled to attend the next constituting meeting to be arranged by the first respondent (EFFSC) …” The EFFSC won overall majority seats at the SRC elections in October last year and took over three of the four campuses historically belonging to Sasco.
But the victory was bittersweet.Read: EFF students make mark on campusesIn December, EFFSC member voted into office, Tshireletso Mati, told City Press the university had been playing cat and mouse with them.
“The electoral policy says everyone needs to be present for constituting but at UJ we historically have never had everyone present to constitute. It’s not a new thing, it’s just a matter of the university not wanting us to constitute.
We have a simple majority; we have six seats, Sasco has two seats.