PYA- “THEIR LEGACY LIVES ON”
By: Nomvula Ndlovu
The members of the Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) gathered at the Durban University of Technology’s Steve Biko Campus on Thursday to commemorate the lives of their fellow comrades.
The PYA consists of the South African Student Congress (SASCO), the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) and the Youth Communist League (YCL).
The comrades sang songs of remembrance in honour of all the students that passed on.
In his opening remarks, Regional SASCO Chairperson Zola Mzimela said that it is crucial for all the parties and organisations at DUT to take this ceremony seriously.
“The purpose of this gathering is to celebrate the lives of our brothers and sisters that fought for students’ liberation at this institution. We need to treat it with the respect and dignity it deserves,” said Mzimela.
Although there were only a few students in attendance, Sakhiso Sithole from YCL appreciated the support from the organisations at DUT.
He added, “This is a very sensitive programme, as we reflect on students that have passed on. It is emotional to lose someone who was willing to bring change.”
ANCYL Chairperson Syondla Sithole said that students have one common denominator, which is to acquire education and empower themselves.
“As DUT students we go through a lot of challenges. It is unfortunate that we have to go through a struggle to make students grievances heard. If it wasn’t for the liberation of students at this institution, some of our comrades might still be alive,” Sithole said.
To conclude the ceremony, Apostle Zondi from the Truevine Community Church performed a formal Christian ritual in tribute to the comrades.