Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) first woman SRC president, Hlomela Bucwa, said her tenure would see the student council become more involved in policy reform in the students’ best interests.
Bucwa, along with 13 other council members, was sworn in on Monday at a function addressed by institutional support vice-chancellor Dr Sibongile Matwa, standing in for vice-chancellor Professor Derrick Swartz.
Bucwa said she felt privileged to be the one who could “turn the pages of transformation in South Africa”.
“We look to be a dynamic and transformational SRC that represents the best interests of the students,” she said.
Bucwa, who led the DA Students Organisation to a slim victory over the SA Students Congress last year, said she was disappointed with the university’s handling of the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) allocation.
She blasted the turning away of academically deserving students due to a lack of funding.
“This is not in line with the university’s humanising pedagogy in the classroom,” she said.
She said the SRC would also seek reform by influencing policies that were in the best interests of students.