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Code of conduct vs constitutional rights: Petition to reinstate UCT's Pae

7 July 2015 4:23 PM
Controversial comments made by an SRC representative regarding LGBT rights gained support on the basis of freedom of speech.

A petition to reinstate Zizipho Pae to her position as acting president of the SRC at UCT has gathered huge support.

The petition had been signed by 1 573 supporters, late yesterday. Initially, the aim was to reach 1 500 so that it can be handed over to SRC chairperson Ramabina Mahapa and vice-chancellor Max Price.

Pae was suspended as acting SRC president for posting a Facebook status update calling same-sex marriage a sin.

CapeTalk’s John Maytham spoke to Sheniece Linderboom, Acting Executive Director at Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) about the petition.

According to Linderboom, Pae is protected by the constitution of the country and she can fight for her position to remain the office bearer of the SRC. She also said that the code of conduct and the rules that are applicable to her, needs to be in line with the constitution of the country.

All sorts of contracts or terms and should be in line with constitution and if there’s conflict there she should be able to raise and challenge that

Sheniece Linderboom, Acting Executive Director (FXI)

Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show:

7 July 2015 4:23 PM