UNIZULU recently held a multi-formation seminar to create a platform for student leaders to engage meaningfully on matters of mutual interest.
The seminar aimed to cultivate a culture of tolerance and create a peaceful, violence-free environment during the Student Representative Council elections in September.
This is a Student Governance Section initiative towards ensuring that students are free to exercise their constitutional rights, freedom of association and the autonomy to debate about their political philosophy.
This event was organised by the Student Services Department and facilitated by Chris Mkhize from the Independent Electoral Commission.
UNIZULU’s Dean of Students, Dr Zethu Mkhize cautioned students not to be involved in violent unrest which may not only harm students or the property of the university but also its image.
“No matter how angry students may get, vandalism is not the answer. The university property is meant for academic purposes,” Mkhize said.
Lecturer in Public Administration, Dr Dominick Muya said if there were issues, students should follow the correct protocol in resolving them peacefully.
Student leaders were positive about the opportunity to engage each other and they were happy the different student political organisations could talk about political issues in an amicable way.
They said this was an indication that UNIZULU students understood that an academic environment was a space for intellectual engagement.
From left: Siluleko Mbhele, Jubilee Khumalo, Nhlakanipho Jangaza, Chris Mkhize ( Independent Electoral Commission), Dr Zethu Mkhize (Dean of Students), Dr Dominick Muya (Lecturer: Public Administration), Siboniso Mathenjwa and Khanyisani Mnqayi (Societies Administrator: Student Services Department).