Defiant SASCO says it will bounce back despite defeats
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