Some student societies are still homeless following the SRC’s reallocation of space at the Matrix last month.
Representatives of the affected clubs and societies said they were unaware of the process that led to their removal to the DJ du Plessis building on West Campus.
According to the SRC, the allocation committee that decided on which societies would be moved included cluster representatives.
The SRC said the societies elected the cluster representatives. However, none of the societies interviewed knew who their representatives were and how they were elected.
“Who even voted for them?” said Rabia Kamdar, chairperson of the Disabled Awareness Movement.
Leotile Baiphaphele, cluster representative and chairperson of Rag, said he was elected by his cluster of societies in March.
Chairperson of the Mail & Guardian (M&G) Society, Sharlotte Psotetsi, also did not know who her representative was. “We were basically kicked out [of the Matrix], they asked for the key and told us to move our stuff.”
Psotetsi said her society had no means to move their pile of newspapers to West campus and they were still in the Matrix office that now belongs to Generation Earth Wits.
She said she was surprised to see Generation Earth branding on the doors of the Mail & Guardian Matrix office. Her society currently has no office.
“We had to hold our meetings in the white chairs in the Matrix,” said Psotetsi. “I just want to know how the offices were allocated. We don’t have a room right now.”
Tokelo Nhlapo, SRC head of clubs and societies said the M&G application to stay in the Matrix was late and the reasons provided “were not good enough”.
Everywoman society chairperson Tsholofelo Diphoko said the state of their office is “not good”. She said she was aware that it was “up to the societies” to furnish the rooms but they had no money to do so as they were denied funding by the SRC.
Diphoko said the SRC suffered from a lack of planning. “If they want a meeting they tell you about it the day before, then you have to re-arrange your day. It’s always last minute and … it’s an issue.”
Not all societies were unhappy about the move. Students Hellenic Association president, George Patrinos, said he is “happy about the process” and they are moving to DJ Du Plessis on Thursday.
Previously, Patrinos complained about lack of communication regarding the relocations to Wits Vuvuzela.
Tokelo Nhlapo is student in the journalism honours programme which produces Wits Vuvuzela.