Outgoing Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and EFF leader Julius Malema have both been touted as the next UCT chancellor possibles. Should either be successfully nominated and elected, they would replace Graça Machel, who served in the role for two decades.
Filling the shoes of former president Nelson Mandela's wife, Graça Machel, will be no easy feat.
According to IOL, the students of the University of Cape Town feel that Helen Zille and Julius Malema are up to the task.
Royston Pillay, UCT registrar, says that Machel's replacement would be the titular head of the university, and would preside over all graduation ceremonies and confer all degrees and awards.
SRC treasurer-general, Kamvelihle Tabata, feels the leader of the EFF is just the man for the job:
" If UCT wants to transform, there is no reason not to appoint Malema as a chancellor, especially considering the political dynamics of South Africa. He is also leading the biggest, fastest-growing movement in the country.”
Caleb Kay, DA Students Organisation chairperson, wants Helen Zille to fill the role:
“The reason being that Zille has played a really important role in the development of this country, specifically in the Western Cape, where UCT is situated.”
Pillay divulged that nominations have to be submitted in writing and signed by at least 20 people, either a member of staff or a student:
“The role of chancellor requires an individual of stature, with exceptional personal qualities and integrity
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