A Beginner's Guide
Our Parliament is not formed around a constituency basis. The primary rationale is that every voice and every Stellenbosch University student is equally important irrespective of positional authority.
The Student Constitution clearly allocated the responsibility of governance to the Executive, our SRC. It also clearly allocated the responsibility of interpreting the relevant constitutions and policies to an independent Judiciary, our Student Court.
Our mandate is to hold our Executive accountable and transparent. This in essence allows for every student to be constructive partners in addressing the various concerns.
Role and outcomes
Parliament is the platform whereby any student can be heard and ensures that the focus of the Executive's mandate remains student-centered with a special focus on student success.
During the 2011 revision of our Student Constitution the Bill of Student Rights, chapter 2, was specifically added and the various bodies of student governance. This further entrenched the hope of a community based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights.
Parliament's role and ultimate outcome is to represent all students and to ensure government by the people under the Constitution.
Functions of Parliament
The outcomes of Parliament will be achieved through advising the relevant decision makers, overseeing Executive action, facilitating student participation, co-operative government and international participation.
Parliament also has a special focus on upholding the Bill of Student Rights, chapter 2 of Student Constitution. It upholds students' political rights, the basic values and principles governing public administration and oversees the implementation of constitutional imperatives.
It actively promotes robust dialogue and makes policy recommendations that prevents or prohibits unfair discrimination. It also holds members of the Executive accountable collectively and individually. Parliament can by a resolution request an SRC member to give an account for their actions to Addendum E of Student Parliament Constitution. It can also institute a vote of no confidence in an SRC member, a number of SRC members or the SRC collectively. Parliament also makes use of a number of committees; standing, ad hoc, portfolio and joint, in order to effectively fulfil its mandate.
Parliament also facilitates public involvement by means of its practices and its committees. As an organ of student governance Parliament must also assist and protect the Court and other institutions/structures to ensure their independence, impartiality, dignity, accessibility and effectiveness.
Parliament fulfils this mandate by performing the following functions:
Function 1: Make recommendations with regards to Policies and best practices
Function 2: Scrutinize and oversee Executive action
Function 3: Facilitate public participation and involvement in relevant processes
Function 4: Participate in, promote and oversee co-operative government
Function 5: Engage in and participate in international relations
This mandate of Parliament provides direction to set the mission, indicating the purpose of Parliament and describing its main business.
Mission of Parliament
- engaging robustly with SRC and Management within our Student Community;
- being and creating credible platforms where structural inequalities can be identified by students and communicated to relevant role players;
- collaborating and/or establishing national and international synergistic networks to strengthen constitutional democracy within student leadership;
- actively promoting accountable, transparent and consultative governance within Student Community