South Africa: SRC Elections - Students See Little Value in Campus Politics

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Every year universities have Student Representative Council elections, it seems more students are losing interest in voting for the SRC -- because they don't think their votes bring about change.

Most universities recently had their SRC elections. The SRC is the elected body that is meant to look after students' interests and plays a role in bringing student issues to management. However, trends show that most university students don't vote for SRC members.

In 2018 only 19.9% of students voted in the SRC elections at the University of Cape Town. In the 2019 SRC elections, there was a slight drop as 19.3% of students cast their ballots. Most of those who bothered to vote were undergraduate students.

In 2017 only 13% of the student populace voted for the SRC at Stellenbosch University. That year, 31,639 students were registered at the university. The following year voting dropped to 10% of the student populace. In 2017 18% of the University of the Witwatersrand student population voted for the SRC. In 2019 25% of the student population voted at the University of Free State, the highest voting turnout they've had.

"I've never voted and I don't know anybody who's ever voted either. I...

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