Sol Plaatje gets its own branch of Daso

2016-03-02 06:00
THE newly elected leaders of the Sol Plaatje University’s branch of the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (Daso). From the left, in front are: Vuyani Ntlhati (branch leader) and Mary-Zan Mitchell (branch chairperson); back: Ian Bezuidenhout (branch secretary), Mirandas Khumalo (branch deputy chairperson)and Keenana Gwells (branch treasurer). Photo: Supplied

THE newly elected leaders of the Sol Plaatje University’s branch of the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (Daso). From the left, in front are: Vuyani Ntlhati (branch leader) and Mary-Zan Mitchell (branch chairperson); back: Ian Bezuidenhout (branch secretary), Mirandas Khumalo (branch deputy chairperson)and Keenana Gwells (branch treasurer). Photo: Supplied

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THE leadership for the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation’s (Daso) branch at the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) was elected at the first special branch general meeting held on the campus last Wednesday (24/02).

This after the DA reported having successfully signed-up more than enough students to form a branch during a massive student recruitment drive at the SPU.

The process is seen as a significant milestone in student politics in the Northern Cape, as it is happening at a time when higher education in

the country is facing massive challenges, such

as funding issues and campuses marred by violence.

The main purpose of this leadership structure is to lead and constitute the new Daso SPU branch.

The meeting was presided over by the provincial chairperson of the DA, Harold McGluwa, as well as Dr Isak Fritz, who are both MPLs.

According to Ofentse Mokae, Daso provincial coordinator in the Northern Cape, they are aware that incidents of violence threaten the credibility of students who have legitimate concerns about higher education.

They also believe that campuses do not benefit from divisive groups who polarise the discussions around issues of inclusivity and accessibility.

Daso further states that student organisations should engage in peaceful and legitimate processes to ensure that the interests of all on campus have been heard.

The Daso student organisation is aligned with the DA and its branch is based on a tertiary campus.

“Therefore in itself it subscribes to the vision, mission, and strategies of the DA, with its own student-oriented focus.”

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