By Nothile Mbatha
Students rejoice as South African Student Congress organisation (Sasco) of the Durban University of Technology (DUT) Branch secures victory in a re-run of the SRC elections.
Earlier on this month SRC elections took place on campus but came to a halt after the ANCYL along with the EFFSC (Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command) disrupted the elections due to irregularities of the calculating process. The altercations led to the elections being nullified with the interim structure agreeing on a re-run of the elections.
All parties involved came out in numbers campaigning in hope to come out as conquerors of the re-run that proceeded from 11-13 September 2017. The counting of votes began on the 14th September ending in the early hours of Friday morning to announce a hundred percent win for Sasco as the SRC presidency.
Sasco’s activist and incoming secretary, Sbusiso Mdlalose said; “As Sasco we have done a lot to prepare for the elections although our strength was tested I am glad that we have conquered.
We are glad that students are in agreement that Sasco is the only home and hope for them. Sasco won because students are the ones who voted making it evident that our role in fighting for the rights of students is played far too well,” said Mdlalose.
ANCYL’s Secretary General Mbuso Sithole congratulates Sasco for winning the SRC elections. However, he added that the contradictions prior the elections that occurred throughout the year resulting in the contestation of SASCO and ANCYL will sadly not be resolved by the SRC elections.
“Although we as the ANCYL have been defeated this does not mark the end of us. We vow that we will continue mobilizing students and helping students in whichever way we can,” Sithole said.
Congratulations came pouring in from opposition parties seemingly to have taken their defeat lightly. With only a few words to spare, EFFSC Branch Secretary, Sbonokuhle Gwala, smiled at their opponent as he offered his congratulations.
Students joined in as Sasco sang songs of victory from one campus to another thanking student’s for their educated vote. Among those sharing in the excitement were second year students Bandile Khumalo and Minenhle Shelembe who casted their vote.
“We are happy that Sasco has won and we believe that it will live up to their manifesto, deliver its promises and cater adequately for student’s needs.”
Furthermore, the students added that they hope Sasco will oversee the issue of accommodation and NSFAS.
Sasco’s main objective is to deal with the issues of student accommodation and the S-bux, because the current system being used to distribute funds to students is a pilot system that can easily be rigged becoming disadvantageous for students.
Sasco is set to addressing students later on this week at DUT, after their inauguration on 21 September 2017.