SRC secretary general: Education campus ‘segregated’

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Students are racially segregated at Wits Education Campus, according to SRC secretary general Sensekahle Mbokazi. Photo: Zimasa Mpemnyama

SRC secretary general Senzekahle Mbokazi, said segregation has created a “negative vibe” on Wits Education Campus.

“White and Indian people are always together at the expensive cafeteria and black people always hang out at the bus stop cafeteria,” said Mbokazi.

Mbokazi said combating segregation was one of the reasons for the Education Week (E-Week) initiative, which took place between the 23rd and 25th of March.

As an education student herself, Mbokazi said she is bothered by the separation of the groups on Education Campus on the basis of race.

“We need more interactive space where we can watch performances and sit together,” she said.

Although visually it appears as if there is segregation on Education Campus, when Wits Vuvuzela asked Education students whether they felt their campus was segregated, few seemed to agree.

“There is no segregation, not in terms of race. It’s not a bad thing if people are more comfortable sitting next to people speaking the same language,” said fourth-year Education student Precious Mofokeng.

First-year Education student Kalvin van Wyk said as a white person from a former Model C school it is very difficult to integrate with racial groups he didn’t know or understand “but I am trying.”

Published: Wits Vuvuzela on 27 March 2015

 

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