THE South African Student Congress has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to make a bold commitment to address student accommodation and build more universities during his State of the Nation Address on Thursday.
SASCO also called on Ramaphosa to improve already existing universities, in particular the historically disadvantaged and black campuses.
The ANC-aligned SASCO made these demands after its 21st electoral conference at the Saint Georges Hotel in Irene, Pretoria.
This after the conference was scheduled unsuccessfully three times last year – in Port Elizabeth, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.
“Should President fail to declare these emergency student issues, we will take war at his door step and demand to be taken serious,” said SASCO’s incoming President Bamanye Matiwane.
SASCO also paid tribute to the late Joseph Shabalala, founder of Ladysmith Black Mamambazo, who died on Tuesday at Pretoria hospital after a long illness.
“We shall be using shall be using the song “Homeless’ to capture the frustrations of many students in our country who yearn for the decent, affordable and safe student housing/accommodation.
The national congress elected its new leadership with a new mandate for the next two years.
Matiwane, from Nelson Mandela University, was elected president and Buthanani Ngwane from the University of South Africa in Johannesburg was elected SASCO’s secretary-general.
Among those present at the SASCO’s national congress was ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, who delivered an address on Saturday evening.