DA want UFH register suspended over alleged complot

BY CHARL BOSCH - SEPTEMBER 28, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for the suspension of Fort Hare University Register Mike Somniso, for his alleged involvement in a complot against members of its student division.

Speaking in statement, DA Youth Chairperson, Yusuf Cassim, said Somniso was captured in a recording telling a fellow administrator that uMkhonto weSizwe military veterans were planning an attack against members of the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) at the university’s Alice campus, adding that the revealing shows the presence of a “wider conspiracy between University management, the ANC, and their student wing SASCO”.

Earlier this year, the party was confirmed as having taken control of the university’s Student Representative Council (SRC), following a 52% versus 37% vote at an institution traditionally viewed as an ANC stronghold

“UFH is in a state of collapse, yet the Registrar’s main concern is plotting against DASO, to curb good student governance,” Cassim said.

“This is an increasingly worrying trend of political exclusion and targeting by ANC cadres in management at some universities and colleges across the country”.

Cassim said the threats included the hijacking of student parliament, assaulting DASO members, a complot to poison the SRC President, and the refusal by local police to open cases involving attacks on DASO members.

“This is an increasingly worrying trend of political exclusion and targeting by ANC cadres in management at some universities and colleges across the country,” he said.

“We are calling on the Vice Chancellor to condemn the actions of his management and to put measures in place to ensure the safety of all students regardless of their political affiliation”.

 

IMAGE sourced from studentweekly.co.za