The University of Zululand (UNIZULU) recently held a multi-formation seminar of all the University political formations at Empangeni, Protea Hotel. The purpose of this event was to create a platform for the student leaders to engage meaningful on matters of mutual interest.
The seminar marked the beginning of a series of engagements among student leaders aimed at cultivating a culture of tolerance. The anticipated outcome of these seminars is a peaceful environment and exciting but violence-free campaigns during the upcoming Student Representative Council elections in September. This is an initiative by the Student Governance Section towards ensuring that students are free to exercise their constitutional rights, freedom of association and the autonomy to debates about their political philosophy.
This event was organized by the Student Services Department and facilitated by Chris Mkhize from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC: uThungulu district).
UNIZULU’s Acting Dean of Students, Dr Zethu Mkhize cautioned students not to be involved in violent unrests which may not only harm students or the property of the University but also the image of the University thus having unpleasant consequences on the future of the students. . “No matter how angry students can be but vandalism is not the answer. The University property is meant for academic purposes,” Dr Mkhize said.
Lecturer in Public Administration, Dr Dominick Muya said if there are issues that need to be dealt with students should follow the correct protocol l in resolving those issues peacefully.
Student leaders expressed their positive views about the opportunity to engage each other on student issues. Even though they were from different student political organizations, it was exciting to observe them engaging amicably on political issues. This was an indication that UNIZULU students understand that an academic environment is a space for intellectual engagements. .
Pictured from left: Siluleko Mbhele, Jubilee Khumalo, Nhlakanipho Jangaza, Mr Chris Mkhize ( Independent Electoral Commission), Dr Zethu Mkhize (Acting Dean of Students), Dr Dominick Muya (Lecturer: Public Administration), Siboniso Mathenjwa and Khanyisani Mnqayi (Societies Administrator: Student Services Department)