ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe on Sunday said the party’s national executive committee agreed that the ANCYL should be discouraged from CONTESTING student representative council elections at higher institutions of learning.
”Sasco is not a student body of the ANC, it is a progressive movement for students, our relationship with Sasco is not direct as that with the ANCYL,” Mantashe said.
”Every member of the ANCYL must be a member of Sasco in every campus, this is one of the issues that must be discussed in the coming national congress of the ANCYL. Sasco must be assisted to know that student politics are about day to day issues and not the universal political concepts.”
The ANCYL and Sasco recently lost seats at several campuses, including the historic Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape where the Democratic Alliance’ student organisation Daso took over student affairs.
Fort Hare university produced leaders such as former president NELSON MANDELA, former ANC president Oliver Tambo and Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.
Mantashe said Sasco should receive urgent attention.
”The assumption of autonomy by Sasco leaders once elected to the SRC and thus REMOVEthemselves from organisational discipline must receive urgent attention from Sasco structures,” he said. The task team leading the work of the ANCYL was directed to convene meeting of the PYA urgently to discuss all these issues.”