LEADERSHIP STRUGGLE AT THE 2017 DUT SRC ELECTIONS
Written by: Elizabeth Kunene and Venal Naidu
The South African Student Congress (SASCO) and the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) are set to go head-to-head at the Durban University of Technology’s SRC elections.
The three most dominant parties of the SRC comprising of the ANCYL, SASCO and Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC), will be battling for students’ votes during the next three days.
Regional Secretary of SASCO, Thabo Sheme, believes that students were confused when they went to the poles during previous elections.
“One of the things you must understand is that they (ANCYL) used the same logo as we did, so that’s why students were confused when they saw the ballot sheets,” said Sheme.
Sheme is furious with the fact that the ANCYL are being allowed to partake in the elections as he believes that the ANCYL supports the youth and not students as opposed to SASCO.
“I’m very angry in the decision that was taken by the ANCYL supported by certain people in the ANC. Because these people have resources, it means that the ANC is supporting them behind doors. SASCO is here to champion student interests; you will never find SASCO in the communities,” explained Sheme.
ANCYL SRC Deputy Secretary General, Mbuso Sithole, is unsure on how the vote will end up in these election but he is confident on his party.
“It is a highly unpredictable election because of the high contestation level but as it stands, the ANCYL does have the majority of the support because we were in power and we did deliver,” said Sithole.
Sithole said that SASCO’s statements regarding the ANCYL being an organisation that doesn’t necessarily accommodate the youth are unfounded.
“That is an understatement because the ANCYL is a youth organisation and the majority of the people in the university are youth, therefore the ANCYL has the interest of the youth,” said Sithole.
He believes that the ANCYL will fix all the challenges that the youth faces through their power to influence the ruling party of the country.
“You cannot say that the youth league should not exist within the university because that is where the youth is dominated and that is where we should be to identify the challenges the youth faces. We should be there to influence the challenges to the ruling party,” ended Sithole.
The SRC elections will run from the 29th to the 31st of August.
*Caption: ANCYL and SASCO members at the voting station at Durban University of Technology’s Steve Biko Campus.