The UCT SRC candidate for the EFF described as “traitor to the race”
CAPE TOWN – Jesse Griesel, who is running for EFF in the upcoming UCT Student Representative Council (SRC) elections, says she has been called a “racial traitor” on social media.
The 19-year-old, who is in her sophomore year at college, said she encountered backlash when she announced her intention to run as a SRC candidate for the EFF for the 2021/22 mandate on social networks.
“The comments were expected from the whites,” she said.
“Whites want to talk about the EFF which is dividing South Africans and causing racial tensions, but the EFF members embraced me and I was called a ‘race traitor’ by the whites.
“Anyone can do the math themselves, but it seems to me that the only ones who continually divide South Africa are those who are opposed to change and progress.”
Voting for UCT SRC candidates is expected to open on Monday.
Griesel, who aims to ensure that the identity of all students is at the forefront of any decision-making process if elected, said she would not let negative comments deter her.
“I am very aware that I would get this reaction from whites. They are so worried that a white person might see himself as an ally for black liberation.
“I was overwhelmed and so grateful for the support I got that I didn’t spend a lot of time dwelling on it,” she said.
“I have been serving students through EFFSC since May and with the approval and encouragement of branch members as well as my personal interest, I decided to run for SRC as it would simply give me a better access to help students on a larger scale, while giving me more access and power to do so.
“At the moment, I don’t have a lot of institutional power to help students. The SRC would serve as a platform,” Griesel said.