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PAC congratulates PASMA Walter Sisulu University for good showing in SRC elections

By Yolanda Palezweni - Oct 9, 2017
PAC congratulates PASMA Walter Sisulu University for good showing in SRC elections

The Eastern Cape leadership of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) has congratulated its student movement, the Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (PASMA), at the Walter Sisulu University (WSU), for an impressive performance in the university’s recently held Student Representative Council (SRC) elections.

This year’s Walter Sisulu University SRC elections failed to produce an outright winner. 

At the Mthatha Campus, the South African Students Congress (SASCO) received six seats while African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) received four seats. SASCO is on many campuses, the African National Congress’ (ANC) student body; however, it split with the ANCYL at the university – hence the movements contested against each other.

Meanwhile, PASMA received four seats and the Student Christian Organisation (SCO) received two seats at that campus. The Economic Freedom Fighters Students' Command (EFFSC) got one seat.

At the university’s Butterworth Campus, SASCO received three seats and PASMMA also got three seats while the SCO snatched one seat. The EFFSC, the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) and the United Democratic Student Movement (UDESMO) received no seats.

At the Buffalo City Campus, SASCO received four seats; PASMA received three seats while the EFFSC and SCO received one seat each.

Lastly, at the Queenstown Campus, SASCO received three seats while PASMA only received two seats.

According Eastern Cape PAC spokesperson, Ndiyakholwa Ngqulu, this “tremendous performance” confirms the fervent commitment and dedication of its young people to their generational call for free, quality and socialist education in South Africa.

“We specifically congratulate them solemnly because even when the mighty ruling party unleashed all government resources at their disposal against PASMA, the student movement firmly stood its ground and mobilized students behind the banner of Pan-Africanism. Profoundly, in such cases, it was PASMA against the State,” said Ngqulu.

He also praised the “bravery” displayed by the students of the Walter Sisulu University entirely to choose PASMA when all sorts of inceptives where provided by the ruling party, such as alcohol in Queenstown; slaughtering of cows in other campuses and the provision of social events”. 

“We take note that no student movement has won outright in Walter Sisulu University elections particularly in its three big campuses, which means student leaders must find each other and cooperate for clean and corrupt-free service to students.

“The PAC has blessed its student movement leadership to engage other structures in prioritizing the student’s interest at heart,” he said.

Ngqulu added that PASMA leaders and deployees must, at all times and under any circumstances, always remember that they are there for the students’ and their struggles.