SASCO's defeat in Fort Hare SRC elections 'a wake-up call': SACP Eastern Cape

MAY 4, 2015

During a district congress at the Great Kei Community Hall over the weekend, the South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Eastern Cape described the defeat of the ANC-aligned, South African Students’ Congress (SASCO), by the the DA Students’ Organisation (DASO) in the University of Fort Hare Student Representative Council (SRC) as a wake-up call for the tripartite alliance.

This is the first time that DASO won elections at the historic and formerly only black university in the Eastern Cape. 

Fort Hare is the alma mater of many politicians who steered several independence movements across Southern Africa, including Nelson Mandela; former head of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), Robert Sobukwe, and Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe.

DASO won with 52.5 percent of the vote, up from 20.5 percent in last year’s SRC elections.

"The congress raised its concern on the recent outcomes of the SRC election in the University of Fort Hare where SASCO lost to the DA student organization," said the SACP's Isaac Siguye.

"We are of the view that this should be viewed not only as a loss of SASCO but as a warning shot to the entire congress movement. The movement should now begin to analyze the situation especially going the Local Government Elections and develop strategies to interact with the children of the middle class and the black middle class.

"Part of the issues to be confronted by the movement is the financialization of our formations including SASCO, where private business interests seek to capture our formations for accumulation."

He said that the SACP District Leadership will work close with the SASCO in the University of Fort Hare and other campuses to cover lost ground.

"We will get closer to the situation and look unto the role of each PYA (Provincial Youth Assembly) component including our YCLSA (Young Communist League of South Africa)."