This weekend, the ANC national executive committee (NEC) discussed in detail the recent poor performances of the South African Students Congress (Sasco) in campus elections. While the ANC intervenes, some issues will be hard to resolve.
The NEC said “There is a need to support the Progressive Youth Alliance and reaffirm its hegemony at the country’s institutions of higher education. Doing this must necessarily involve acknowledging and confronting weaknesses within the organisations themselves, as well as ensuring that progressive student leaders are rooted amongst their constituencies.” The party had g words for Sasco and the PYA, an alliance of Sasco, the ANC Youth League, the Young Communist League and the Congress of South African Students, which are all aligned to the ANC.
The organisations help nurture future ANC leaders, provide a youth voice within the Alliance, and lead many SRCs across the country, a symbolic and practical level of governance associated with the party. This year, however, Sasco has faced embarrassing losses to the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) and the Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC). In March, the EFFSC won all 15 seats it contested at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT), leaving just one…
Source : Daily Maverick