ANC Eastern Cape mum on NMMU SRC election loss

SEPTEMBER 17, 2015

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape was mum on Thursday on the results of the Student Representative Council (SRC) elections that saw the Democratic Alliance's (DA)  Student Organisation retain control of the student council at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) by a 60% majority.

The SRC elections at the university, over the past few years, have been between DASO and the ANC-aligned South African Student Congress (SASCO). 

After SASCO won the 2013 elections, securing 14 of the 21 SRC seats, DASO retook the governing body in the 2014 elections by taking 12 out of the 21 seats.

DASO first defeated SASCO, which had been in control of the NMMU SRC for eight years, in 2011.

In 2014, the Economic Freedom Fighters' NMMU Student Command (EFFSC) entered the fray for the first time and did not win a seat.

This time round, the EFF, we understand, won a single seat after bringing in its Commander in Chief, Julius Malema, and National Spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, who campigned on campus since Monday.

Early in September, SASCO won an overwhelming victory at the Walter Sisulu University SRC elections. It is now the only institution in the hands of the student body (should be noted DASO and EFFSC did not participate in that election) after SASCO lost the University of Fort Hare SRC to DASO in May.

Rhodes University has for years gone with apolitical student leaders.

Since, in effect, DASO, EFFSC and SASCO embody the ideals of their mother parties, the SRC elections are never just elections - but a microcosm of the broader political battles between the parties.

With the DA determined to unseat the ANC in the Nelson Mandela Bay, the results from the NMMU SRC elections will be closesly watched by all as the 2016 Local Government Elections appear on the horizon.