The ANC aligned South African Students Congress was beaten by the EFF Student Command during the hotly-contested student elections at Mangosuthu University of Technology in Umlazi on Thursday.
Sasco lost even after rolling out its big gun, former president Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane, who showed up with bodyguards. He even did his trademark walk, which prompted #DuduzaneWalkChallenge on social media this week.
But despite the excitement over Zuma, the Red Berets marched to victory, dislodging Sasco as the ruling student organisation. The EFF Student Command (EFFSC) didn’t need help from the EFF’s senior leaders. None showed up, and the EFF still bagged 2,733 votes, while the ANC-aligned got Sasco 2,524.
It could be a sign that the EFF will be a tough contender in next year’s local government elections.
Students from all organisations, including the EFF, lined-up to take selfies with the aspiring politician as he toured the university.
The IFP’s South African Democratic Students Organisation (Sadesmo) came last with 659 votes – in an institution named after former IFP leader Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi!
Durban-based political analyst, Thabani Khumalo, said this was a precursor to what was likely going to happen during next year’s election.
“The EFF’s election machinery is well-oiled. They target the youth and forget about the old people.”