New NMMU SRC leadership ready to deliver


Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape leader, Athol Trollip, has described the party’s victory in yesterday’s Student Representative Council (SRC) election at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), as a “resounding endorsement of good governance”.

The party’s student division, DASO, managed to retain its position as the university’s ruling political organisation, after winning 12 out of 20 seats available. Results released by the university earlier this morning, revealed that the party also obtained seven out of the thirteen seats in the university’s central portfolio committee, won all eight seats in the Oppidani Council, and secured four of the seven faculty seats.

“These results have shown that DASO is caring about the issues facing students on a daily basis. The current SRC’s delivery of 85% of the commitments in their manifesto within the first five months of this year, shows that we are a government that deliverers,” Trollip told journalist at a media briefing in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.

“I am therefore convinced that the incoming SRC would address and deliver on any outstanding promises in its manifesto, as well as the items in its new manifesto”.

Referring to South Africa’s recent world economic downgrade from 42nd to 96th position, Trollip stated the election of DASO has shown that the youth of Nelson Mandela Bay, “are turning their backs on a government and society of decline”.

“The youth of Nelson Mandela Bay are faced with the highest unemployment rate in all of the metros in South Africa. What happened last night is an endorsement of our policies and shows that many young people are voting for a party that creates opportunities for all,” he said.

In a similar reaction, DA National Youth Chairperson and former SRC President Yusuf Cassim, said the party would remain committed in offering the values of “freedom, fairness and opportunity” to all students, and that the results have illustrated the difference between a “developing culture and one-hit wonder organisations”.

“We are humbled by the support shown, and are looking forward in helping students against a failing government,” Cassim said.



CAPTION: Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip flanked by the party's National Youth Chairperson Yusuf Cassim (left) and new NMMU SRC President, Nicholas Nyathi (right)