African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) 
The ANCYL believes in non-racism, non-sexism and democracy. The party fights for free and quality education. The South African Students Congress (Sasco), the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) and the Youth Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) are political structures associated with the ANCYL. Chairperson Milisa Mbete recognised “funding, accommodation, registration and academic exclusions” as UP’s problems for 2015. The party’s concern is the National Student Financal Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funding and they address this issue through the Right to Learn Campaign, which is designed to assist students with financial difficulties. Mbete told Perdeby that the ANCYL’s aim for 2015 is to “ensure that the ANCYL uses every avenue to fight for the rights of students on campus”.

South African Students Congress (Sasco)
Sasco is a political organisation concerned with African and working class leadership, democracy, non-racism and non-sexism. Rendani Maphalapathwa, secretary of the organisation, identified UP’s problems as being food and book prices, limitations of political organisations, racial tensions, financial exclusion, residence placements and NSFAS. In 2014 they implemented the NSFAS scanning document campaign to help students upload documents for NSFAS 2015 applications. Overall, Sasco’s aim for 2015 is to build a vibrant organisation that embraces all cultures and unites students.

Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (Daso)
Daso is a political party that stands for student rights. The party is committed to equal opportunities for all. Adrian Eckard, the party’s secretary, recognised UP’s setbacks for 2015 as financial exclusion and the university’s refusal to endorse bus systems. Eckard told Perdeby that Daso would address these issues through their involvement in the SRC. The idea is to approach management so that they can listen to student frustrations and proposals so that the same problems will not continue.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)
The EFF Tuks branch was launched in March 2014. The party’s core belief is equality with regard to education, race and gender. Jaco Oelofse, secretary of Tuks EFF, identified institutionalised racism and sexism, the financial exclusion of working class students and the continued corporatisation of public education as Tuks’ problems for 2015. The EFF plans to address the issue of race through a joint campaign with the Anti-Racism Forum to educate people on racism. Oelofse told Perdeby that the EFF would also continue their campaign against the AfriForum majority in the SRC.

 

Illustration: Jaco Stroebel

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