DA Student Organisation wins SRC at Fort Hare

2015-05-01 20:04
Daso members at the University of Fort Hare. (Derrick Spies, News24)

Daso members at the University of Fort Hare. (Derrick Spies, News24)

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East London - In a historic win, the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (Daso) has won the Student Representative Council of Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape.

The ANC-aligned South African Students Congress (Sasco), which has had tight control over the SRC for the past two years, only managed to secure 37% of the vote. The university has been home to great ANC leaders, and has always been a stronghold of the ANC.

Daso won a clear majority of 52.5% of the student votes, up from 20.5% in last year’s SRC election.

The student organisation now governs the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Fort Hare.  

The win comes despite Fort Hare University Vice-Chancellor Mvuyo Tom publicly campaigning for a Sasco victory in the elections.

Daso student leader at Fort Hare, Mawethu Kosani, said they would ensure that students were briefed about issues affecting them and the institution at all times.

"We will try by all means to be transparent and take the mandate from students.

"We will make sure that we are accountable to students because that is what students need. We will consult them, furnish them with the agenda, then after we will know that when we go to the actual meeting we will try by all means to voice the views of students."

National DA Youth leader and Member of Parliament, Yusuf Cassim, said the victory was a major breakthrough for the organisation.

"It’s clearly a historic victory not just for Daso but for the students of Fort Hare who have been exploited for a number of years without anyone advocating for them,” he said.

“We want to thank all students who have passionately supported our campaign, the issues we are driving and who came out to vote for change. We are humbled by the incredible support shown by the students of Fort Hare. Your bravery has opened the doors to real change we can all believe in.”

Cassim said Daso would not rest until the issues affecting students were addressed.

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