IF there is any truth in the allegations that Sasco members at NMMU were involved in stealing the ballot box containing the democratic choices that students had made, we are in a very sad state of affairs ("SRC vote-counting chaos as ballot box stolen", September 21).
When we were still at university, we vigorously campaigned by persuading students to vote for Sasco, without any form of undue pressure exerted. We knew when we won the ballot that it had been as a result of fair competition.
The gloomy picture that we see happening in that institution mirrors what is happening across the body politic of this country.
The masses of our people are tired of rhetoric and empty promises.
People want action, in fact they demand that those they put to power must deliver as per the promises they made.
I am convinced the reason the student wing of the DA is making inroads in that institution has got nothing to do with it being a stronger or better party, but it has everything to do with the structural weaknesses that are found in the ANC, which have encroached on Sasco. The movement has become so arrogant, that it somehow has forgotten about those who constantly put it into power, and it strangely is out of touch with what the masses of our people undergo daily.
The average voter (especially the black African) has outgrown the notion of voting for nostalgia's sake, but for the sake of getting better services. In its arrogance, Sasco elects to send the current chairman of the Nelson Mandela metro's ANC region to address and to persuade students to vote Sasco, as if that constituency is oblivious to what is happening within the ANC.
Reasonable people panic when there is anarchy and uncertainty, rightfully so, for they are very careful about those to whom they entrust their tutelage.
The one other thing that conveniently slips our minds is that the majority of those who are currently in universities are "almost born-frees", they are very conscious about what they want and to them the colour of the skin of the person who leads them is immaterial – they simply want delivery.
For as long as I can remember, I have voted for the ANC for reasons of conviction and I have not yet been persuaded to vote otherwise, but our democracy like any is in osmosis.
The masses are becoming tired and if our leadership does not tread with caution, the "Daso moment" at NMMU it will become a "DA moment" in the Nelson Mandela Metro Municipality.
U Dulwana, former Sasco activist, New Brighton, Port Elizabeth