University SRC elections show ANC Youth Support.

2013-10-25 20:31

When Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) won Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Student Representative(SRC) elections from South African Student Congress (SASCO) Helen Zille said it was a sign of good things to come for the DA in the Nelson Mandela Municipality in P.E and in South African national elections.

And when my friend thought SASCO lost UCT elections he inboxed me on facebook. “I am happy SASCO lost, this is an indication that soon the ANC will lose power”.

Both Helen Zille and my friend were on the same tip “a win for SASCO opposition parties in SRC election was an indication of ANC’s imminent loss of power”.

Using the same tip they were on; I want to ask the general public what SASCO’s win in universities and colleges mean for the ANC since they are in alliance with SASCO.

In most Universities and colleges, SRC elections are held yearly with SASCO, ANCYL, DASO, PASMA and some independent individuals running against each other.

DASO is DA’s young leaders’ organisation, similar to the ANCYL and SASCO which has young leaders from the ANC. PASMA on the other hand has young leaders of PAC who will probably raise their mother body from the graves.

I must highlight that SASCO runs in opposition with ANCYL in some tertiary institutions while in most they form a coalition called Progressive Youth Alliance (a combination of Muslim Student Organisation, SASCO, ANCYL and in some cases the Young Communist League (YCL) of the SACP). A culture of coalition defines the ANC.

I have been following SRC elections throughout the country; from small colleges in Eastern Cape to universities like Wits, UCT, UWC and others.

The most recent that made headlines was the University of Limpopo where SASCO won majority but its oppositions, the new born baby EFF formed coalition with ANCY and took the presidency in the DA vs. ANC Thlokwe Municipality style.

Side note: I still don’t know why SASCO runs in opposition with the ANCYL, the ANCYL National Task Team should look into this.

Politics exists even in student government; at UCT last year, students had to vote two times after first elections were cancelled. DASO had committed electoral fraud resulting in the defaulting of over 3000 electronic votes.

In some universities SASCO tries to block DASO from running, DA sends them to Court and DASO runs for elections only to be beaten at the polls by SASCO.

Second Side Note: Why does SASCO in some universities block DASO from competing when they are not a threat? They always win court cases like the DA mother body but never win elections. It’s just unfortunate that they can’t take Voters to court for not voting for them. If they could, they would.

Before derailing you, I must come to my point; after following all these elections it goes without saying that SASCO now leads in over 95% SA insitutions of higher learning.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology. University of Fort Hare, University of Johannesburg, University of KwaZulu Natal, North-West University, Durban University of Technology the list goes on and ANC affiliates have dominated SRC seats.

In some universities like University of Western Cape SASCO got 100% SRC seats.

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University that Helen Zille was excited about last year was won back by SASCO, taking it back from DASO.

The University of Cape Town elections however got a neutral result; they are not dominated by SASCO or DASO but by independents a same case as last year.

An important matter here however must be raised; SASO had only 6 candidates running for 17 SRC seats so it was impossible for them to get majority and win.

On the other hand, DASO had 11 candidates running and got in only 5. Statistically DASO lost by getting only 5/11 candidates and SASCO won getting 4/6 candidates in the SRC. This is how I quickly corrected my facebook excited friend.

SASCO now dominates even universities such as Wits, UCT, Rhodes, Stellenbosch, UFS with their identity of being known as “white institution” where children of the “black middle class” go.

Throughout Universities, young students have trusted SASCO with their votes getting them in the SRC. What could this indicate for next year’s elections?

Could this overwhelming SASCO lead in university mean good things to come for the ANC?

It has been said that young people, particularly the youth have lost faith in the ANC. People often say people who vote ANC are ignorant and uneducated; could these young people in these universities be ignorant and “uneducated” in Universities that top International rankings?

Or is this just young people proving this “Young people have no faith in the ANC” a myth?

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