Infighting blamed for Sadesmo SRC defeat

2009-10-13 00:00

THE succession battle within the IFP was blamed for the defeat of party’s student wing in student representative council (SRC) elections at the University of Zululand and Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) recently.

The IFP’s student organisation, Sadesmo, has been leading the SRC at these tertiary institutions for many years, but last week, the Sasco, the students’ organisation aligned with the African National Congress took over the reins.

Sources within Sadesmo, who wished to remain unnamed, said yesterday that factions in the organisation have been engaging in discussions on the campus around the succession battle in the party.

The sources said the factions were split over support given to party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, national secretary-general Reverend Musa Zondi, and the national chairwoman, Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi.

These factions, said the sources, have also shown their support for three expelled former IFP Youth Brigade members, who were kicked out of the party for publicly endorsing their candidates of choice ahead of the party’s national elective conference.

Sadesmo’s deputy president, Ntuthuko Majozi, said that they lost the election for the University of Zululand SRC because of infighting at the institution because members were split as to which student candidates to elect.

As a result, Sadesmo failed to submit its candidate list before the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) deadline and Sasco were declared the winners, He said.

Majozi said there were discrepancies in the voting, adding that the number of voters who turned up for the elections were more than those who appeared on the voter’s roll.

Majozi said they want the results of the elections at MUT to be scrapped and new elections to be held. However, provincial IEC spokesman Thabani Ngwira said that elections were free and fair.

Sasco SRC representatives at both campuses told The Witness they will be resuming their duties as student leaders before the end of the month and that Sadesmo should accept that it has lost.

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