Sasco is pushing to take control at WSU campuses

Sasco members at Walter Sisulu University's Butterworth campus
Sasco members at Walter Sisulu University's Butterworth campus
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South African Students Congress (Sasco) in the Eastern Cape said it is certain of a clean sweep during the Walter Sisulu University Student Representative Council elections. 

 Sasco provincial secretary Lali Ngobe said the ANC-aligned student organisation will for sure regain control of all four campuses of the university after October 4 elections.  

Sasco lost control of Buffalo City and Butterworth campuses last year to Pasma and SCO respectively. 

It remained in control of the Komani and Mthatha campuses, but even its control of the Mthatha campus was because of coalition with the ANCYL. 

Ngobe said their aim was to take over all the campuses by not getting into coalition with any organisation.

  “When  you go to SRC elections you have a manifesto, now when you enter into any arrangement with another organisation in a form of a coalition you might end up compromising your quality and your objectives as an organisation. 

We are confident this year that we going to elections just after our anniversary celebration and we have seen confidence students have in the organisation,” he said. 

 Sasco has in the past weeks hosted gatherings at three of the four campuses.  

These include an education lecture that was addressed by former president Jacob Zuma at the Mthatha campus  two weeks ago.

Deputy speaker of the provincial legislature Mlibo Qhoboshiyane addressed another gathering last week at the same campus.

Also last week provincial chairperson Oscar Mabuyane addressed the 74th Sasco anniversary at the Komani campus.

ANCLY national executive member Sifiso Tso addressed a packed hall at the Butterworth campus last week. 

 Ngobe told the Dispatch that the support the organisation was enjoying at all the university campuses was overwhelming.

“In all four campuses of the university, we are stronger than we were last year and we are confident that we are going to win the elections with a clean sweep,” he said.

He said the campaigns of Sasco at all campuses were in full swing and students were packing venues of gatherings. 

 “Students remain confident that Sasco is the only organisation that can champion their interests and challenges they face. We are stronger than last year,” he said. 

 He said there were many challenges WSU faced, especially those at Buffalo City campus and those organisations that are leading in the SRC have proven that they are not fit enough to lead any students. 

“We are confident that we are going to win these SRC elections by majority especially now we have mended our relations with ANCYL in the Mthatha campus.

We do not believe that there is any organisation that will ever be victorious more than Sasco,” he said.  

He encouraged students to vote for Sasco as they had the ability to exert pressure on the university management to deliver on the needs of the students.