University of Limpopo SCO executive disbanded

2015-10-18 20:00


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Cape Town - The Student Christian Organisation executive at the University of Limpopo has been disbanded for refusing to form a coalition with Sasco.

The executive committee was disbanded allegedly by ex-SCO leaders on Thursday evening after it refused to endorse outside influence that suggest a coalition with Sasco.

Junior members said the disbandment was influenced because they "refuse to be charmed by money".

But allegations are rife that the majority of committee members refuse to sell their votes to Sasco citing sour relations.

It is alleged that a meeting between ex-SCO leaders and disbanded leaders ended with disagreement.

Active members were also left stranded and in disagreement.

The ANC in the province announced on Friday that it has formed a coalition with the SCO, saying the partnership "restores the historic links".

"The ANC in Limpopo welcomes the outcomes of the SRC elections at the University of Limpopo, and the coalition of SASCO and SCO to lead the Student Representative Council. This coalition restores the student leadership at Turfloop to the progressive student movement with strong historical links," said ANC spokesperson Khumbudzo Ntshavheni in a statement.

The tie between the EFF student command and Sasco during Monday’s SRC election prompted the two organisations to lobby the SCO, which holds a kingmaker vote.

The coalition decision has left SCO members divided as majority believe that there were considerable issues to consider the EFF rather than Sasco.

Some SCO members told News24 that the decision to form a coalition with Sasco was imposed by the organisation’s former leaders.

"They are members of SCO alumini, and the executive sought advice, only to be told that they must form coalition with Sasco.

"It was not a suggestion, and the executive refused. That’s why they were disbanded," said an SCO member who is not allowed to speak to the media.

'Bias towards EFF'

The source said after the executive was disbanded, a decision was announced by ex-leaders.

"The problem was the decision to form a coalition was imposed without listening to the students, so we argue that it was no longer advice but something imposed," said another source.

The ANC has accused the university management of bias towards the EFF student command, claiming that the management was luring the SCO to form a coalition with the EFF student’s wing.

"The ANC has noted allegations that university management preferred, and were in the background lobbying for, an EFF coalition with SCO," said Ntshavheni.

But university spokesman Kgalema Mohuba said the ANC’s accusations are incredible and lacks evidence.

EFF provincial leader Mike Mathebe said they are going to court, as the channel to form a coalition had irregularities.

Mathebe claims that the SCO was bought and failed to follow proper coalition set up procedure.

"This shows the level of corruption we have in the country. We have accepted that but we are challenging that through our lawyers," he said.

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