De­fi­ant SASCO says it will bounce back de­spite de­feats

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Wise­man Mthiyane

THE South African Stu­dents Congress (SASCO) in KZN says it is alive and well de­spite the de­feats suf­fered at the hands of the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fighters Stu­dents Com­mand (EFFSC) at KZN ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions.

This was the as­sur­ance given by Musa Dladla ANC Youth League Trea­surer, Bon­gani Mjadu.

Speak­ing at the memo­rial lec­ture of ANC Youth League found­ing Pres­i­dent, An­ton Lem­bede, held in Du­misani Makhaye Vil­lage at the week­end, Mjadu said while the ANC was sad­dened by SASCO’s poor per­for­mance at Man­go­suthu Uni­ver­sity of Techn­l­ogy (MUT), Dur­ban Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy (DUT) and Uni­ver­sity of Zu­l­u­land (Unizulu), it did not mark the end of the ‘rev­o­lu­tion­ary stu­dent body’.

‘We re­main un­shaken and will bounce back. We can as­sure all youth for­ma­tions in the coun­try that SASCO is still their voice and rel­e­vant.

‘We take the de­feats as a wake-up call. We must never be com­pla­cent and will go back to the draw­ing board, change our strat­egy and mo­bilise our stu­dents bet­ter.

‘We are the only pro­gres­sive stu­dent move­ment in the coun­try. The chal­lenges may be dif­fer­ent from one in­sti­tu­tion to an­other.

‘At Unizulu our loss had noth­ing to do with trust. Stu­dents still be­lieve in our lead­er­ship. The only blun­der we made was to be­come too com­pla­cent,’ Mjadu said.

‘The Youth League of to­day re­main com­mit­ted to the ideals and teach­ings of Com­rade Lem­bede, who bal­anced mil­i­tancy and ed­u­ca­tion.

‘Young peo­ple must al­ways re­mem­ber that the call for eco­nomic free­dom in our life­time will re­main a pipe dream un­less they them­selves take ed­u­ca­tion se­ri­ously.

‘Let us em­u­late this strug­gle gi­ant, who has been de­scribed as the prin­ci­pal ar­chi­tect of South Africa’s first fully fledged ide­ol­ogy of African na­tion­al­ism.

‘Lem­bede’s bril­liance and ded­i­ca­tion to his stud­ies was un­be­liev­able. While he was at Adam’s Train­ing Col­lege, he ex­celled in learn­ing lan­guages such as Afrikaans, Se­sotho, Xhosa as well as Ger­man,’ said Mjadu.’

The lec­ture was or­gan­ised by the ANC Youth League’s Moses Mab­hida Branch.

We take the de­feats as a wake-up call

At the An­ton Lem­bede memo­rial lec­ture were Sfundo Mn­guni, ANCYL Re­gional Trea­surer Bon­gani Mjadu, Mzamo Mn­guni and Man­disa Hlatshwayo

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