Letter to the editor: 20 February 2017

I, Saa’if Essa the President of the Muslim Student Association at Tuks would like to raise the issue of Halaal food. On Main Campus there is no Halaal food place, only on South Campus. We have been buying food from there for many years. However since the bridge had been taken away, it has been difficult for Muslim Students. The kiosk at South Campus has great service and has good food. There is a shuttle service but it is every hour. One recommendation that I have thought of was that since the Kiosk had closed down, a Halaal food place could open up. Please consider this suggestion as it would help us and make our lives easier.

Thank you very much, Your help is much appreciated. Sincerely

Saa’if Essa President of MSA Tuks

Letter to the editor | Issue 4 | Letter 3

As a student at this institution I am highly offended at the option that Sepedi should be a language included in our curriculum. What about all the other African languages?

It is not all black people in Pretoria who are familiar and comfortable with that language. English should be the standard language for all students of all races, as it is the standard language of communication across the world.

The language policy should be the least of this institution’s concerns. Last year we all saw the rise of the #FeesMustFall movement. Nothing is being said about this. What will happen in October when we as students decide to cause commotion? It is definite. The reality is our fees are sky high and, fair enough, this is one the best institutions in South Africa, but what is this institution doing to combat this reality? What are political parties doing? Wits has raised over R3 million for their students, it is honestly sad to see that nothing is being said to UP students regarding a way forward by the institution as well as all political parties. Issues like residence placements, those are the policies that should be reviewed.

As a learner in this institution, I feel that we are focused on issues at hand and we are not looking at the chaos that could arise in a couple of months.

This process is taking a toll on us as students. It raises great concerns about our futures with this institution

Charmain Mathebula

Letter to the editor | Issue 4 | Letter 2

Good day

South Africa is a power battle between blacks and whites and this has been evident in the university. As an Indian I am not sure which category I fall in. According to the Constitution, we fall under previously disadvantaged, but from personal experiences that is not what happens.

Indians and coloureds seem to be disadvantaged in current times. I have not seen a bursary or a job advertisement for Indians only or coloureds only. Instead of being assessed on merit, we are being assessed on colour, mainly black and white, and if you’re not one of the above it seems you’re non-existent.

If things were done on merit, would we develop faster as a country, or will we hire incompetent people to fill in jobs they are not qualified for, or as in my case award bursaries to a student whose average is 52, compared to mine which is 74, because he is black and I’m Indian. This is just a story that I thought would be an interesting one that would cause a debate and interaction among students.

Azhar Farhad

Letter to the editor | Issue 4 | Letter 1

I strongly condemn the editor’s reply in saying that Perdeby’s editorial did not amount to hate speech. Freedom of expression is not the point in this situation. The editorial amounted to a condescending tone throughout, with wording/phrasing that could be incited to form hate speech to certain groups of persons. The editor should be held to a higher standard, as they ought to be familiar with the rationale and standard expected of them. The Code of Ethics & Conduct for SA Print & Online Media stipulates in provision 5.1 that denigratory references to persons should be avoided, and that a person’s status (in this case as a cyclist or resident student) should not be referred to in a prejudicial manner. The correct course of action in my opinion would be for the editor to retract their editorial and issue a formal apology.

Rainier Rademan

Letter Issue 3

Reply to the anonymous letter in the 1 February 2016 edition of Perdeby

Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for bringing up your concerns regarding Ienkmelodienk.
Firstly, Stuku and its committee are pro-transformation and pro-change. It is, however, important to point out that Stuku is a student service provider. This means that it is not part of our job description to decide who is allowed to participate in events and who is not allowed to participate. This remains true for other student service providers as well.

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