Congratulations to DASO-NMMU on their election victory
On behalf of the Democratic Alliance (DA) I would like to congratulate the DA Students Organisation (DASO) branch at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) for winning the university SRC with a full and comfortable majority. DASO won 10 of the 18 seats on the council. Yusuf Cassim, Sifiso Nkosi, Thulani Nkuntse, Sam Beynon and Mothusi Mbole will be filling all of the key executive portfolio positions, including, president, deputy president, secretary, deputy secretary and treasurer.
Led by branch chairperson, Yusuf Cassim, DASO NMMU has experienced exponential growth since gaining four seats on last year’s SRC, all in little over a year of existence. This win, in the heart of the ANC’s home province, points to a significant and continuing shift in campus politics, in which students have grown tired of SASCO’s bully politics and are choosing DASO, which has become synonymous with clean and efficient SRC government. Although student politics change dramatically from year to year, the exponential growth of DASO at a number of key campuses around South Africa in a few short years points to a significant consolidation of our support from young South Africans.
The win at NMMU follows DASO winning four seats on the Rhodes University SRC, where it is is the only political organisation that received enough votes for representation on the SRC, as well as a growth of 573% in voter support for DASO at Wits. DASO also currently has a majority on the UCT SRC, where it holds the presidency and secretary general positions. The growth of DASO at all of these campuses around South Africa follows the growth of the DA in recent elections and further cements the fact that South Africans from all communities are choosing the DA as the party to lead them towards a future of delivery, diversity, redress and reconciliation for all.