New IFP student leader wants brake on strikes

2011-08-09 00:00

THE newly-elected president of the South African Democratic Students’ Movement (Sadesmo), Mthokozisi Nxumalo, has committed himself to eliminate strikes during the start of every academic year in major institutions of higher education in South Africa.

Nxumalo was speaking following his election at conference held at Mangosuthu Technikon by the the Inkatha Freedom Party-aligned organisation at the weekend.

Nxumalo said much academic time is lost to strikes and something needs to be done to resolve this as it impacts negatively on the students.

He said Sadesmo will continue to be the voice of change and transformation within the IFP.

He added, “But everything will be done orderly as compared to previous divisive approaches.”

The Vryheid-born third-year construction management student at Mangosuthu Technikon said another challenge facing Sadesmo is to regroup and organise support in all institutions following the major blow it suffered during the split that led to the formation of the National Freedom Party-aligned National Students’ Movement (Nasmo) earlier this year.

He said certain elements within the old Sadesmo leadership tried to hijack the movement to the NFP.

“We have to guard against such actions in the near future,” Nxumalo said.

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