AS a member of Daso, I would like to congratulate Sasco on its win at NMMU. However, I would like to correct some of the statements in the letter, "Daso did not perform", by Dyani Sonwabo (September 24).
In politics, there is no such thing as an easy victory.
The shuttle services were a Daso victory, despite what you may believe. Those shuttles were never a possibility until Yusuf Cassim, a Daso leader, spoke to the university management and found the funding to make it possible.
The shuttles didn't just appear, it took countless hours of planning before implementation was even an option.
As for the rest of the students, we delivered to them in many other ways. We created a bailout fund that allowed students to continue to study, even when Nasfas failed them.
We increased meal allowances so that no student would have to go to bed hungry. We have ensured there is WiFi in all residences so that no student will struggle to have access to the information he or she needs, and this is only to name a few of the things that we have achieved.
The loss at NMMU was not due to Daso failing students, it is simply a case of Sasco running a better campaign. I look forward to the year ahead and hope that Sasco can now prove to students that voting for it was the right thing to do.
If not, we will meet again at the election polls and students will have the chance to set things right as they have done before. Even as the opposition in the SRC, Daso will continue to serve the students as it has done in years before.
Rene Meyer, Port Elizabeth