By Yusuf Cassim MP, DA Youth Interim Leader:
The DA is humbled and proud to have won 12 out of the 20 seats in the 2016 NMMU Student Representative Council election, held yesterday. This translates into a 60% victory. Once again, the DA Student Organisation will govern the SRC at NMMU.
This victory for the DA on the NMMU campus is indicative of growing youth support for the DA in Nelson Mandela Bay. The DA is set on winning Nelson Mandela Bay in next year’s election with the continued support of our young voters.
Voters continue to reward DASO with renewed SRC mandates on campuses in South Africa as an acknowledgment of sound delivery. DASO’s commitment to caring for students and their issues has been confirmed by this election result.
Under the leadership of DASO, the 2015 SRC at NMMU delivered on its election promises courageously, and had implemented real change within the first few months. This provided students with real opportunities to reach their full potential.
In this new term DASO will ensure that the SRC builds on the successes of the previous term. The DASO 2016 SRC will work for the expansion of its comprehensive bailout fund and shuttle service for students, the translation of all university documents into South Africa’s official languages and the video-recording of lectures to promote academic excellence; to name but a few of the planned initiatives.
Today DASO has triumphed at NMMU, and has not been held back by adverse and illegal attempts to prevent our victory through the theft of our election posters from lampposts around the Metro and the attempted hijacking of a DASO event near City Hall during the campaigning period. DASO has been handed an unequivocal mandate, and will serve the university community out of that mandate.
Support is growing behind the DA’s campaign to win Nelson Mandela Bay in 2016, and this win at NMMU bodes well for a 2016 victory for the DA and Athol Trollip in the Metro.