[lg policy] South Africa

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Mon Sep 28 15:38:47 UTC 2015

ANCYL threatens StelliesSeptember 27 2015 at 10:52am
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[image: iolsacz ANCYL SASCO_0595]Independent MediaStellenbosch Universitys
South African Students Congress chairman Chumile Samson. Picture: Jason Boud

Cape Town - The ANC Youth League has threatened to make Stellenbosch
University ungovernable if the transformation and race rows plaguing the
institution are not resolved.

The threat came as the ANC escalated its involvement in the run-up to its
election campaign. It has also vowed to take legal action against
Stellenbosch Municipality and to shake up what it says is embedded
Afrikaner culture.

Anti-transformation practices and allegations of racism at the university
have recently come under intense scrutiny.

The ANC’s stance on the row was outlined at an event held late on Friday at
the university to celebrate the youth league’s 71st birthday.

Hundreds of the party’s supporters packed into a room to hear leaders speak
on the issue.

“This institution does not benefit poor people. It continues to benefit the
white minority… The league of this province, we must mobilise the youth.
We’ll call upon all young people of this province that we fight against
this racism.

“When it comes to a push, we will make this institution ungovernable,” the
league’s newly elected national deputy president Desmond Moela said.

It was Moela’s first address to the league’s members in the Western Cape
and his speech prompted wild applause.

Moela said they could not accept “white arrogance”, which he described as
the biggest opposition to transformation.

ANC provincial chairman Marius Fransman also spoke at the event and said
the ANC backed action to undo anti-transformation policies.

“The next process is to take over the (DA-run) Stellenbosch Municipality;
therefore we as the ANC would support this struggle and this campaign.”

Fransman said at least 63 percent of students at Stellenbosch University
were white, as were 83 percent of the academic staff.

Fransman cautioned that the campaign should not focus on the Afrikaans
language itself.

“It’s not Afrikaans that’s the fight here; it’s the way the language policy
at this university is being implemented.

“ It’s the way they entrench the culture of Afrikaners.”

Fransman said it was clear that the ANC needed to use the Promotion of
Administrative Justice Act legislation against Stellenbosch Municipality
and to force the university to reveal information about its transformation

“We must actually litigate against this municipality so that we can
understand what this institution really is. Most probably this will be in
front of the Equality Court.”

Chumile Samson, Stellenbosch University’s South African Students Congress
chairman, said black people were undermined at Stellenbosch University.

“There is (not) one sentence that can define this university, except what
I’m going to say now: we are in a state of war here in this university.

“No longer will we allow these white males to make decisions on our behalf…
The policies in this institution are anti-black.”

Samson said black people at the university had been reduced to a quota

“Black people are here just to make up numbers.”


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