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Forms used to slander the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO)

On the evening of the 2nd of March, the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) at Rhodes University was attacked with accusations of racism and actual racial attacks just before the Rhodes University hosted their annual society sign ups.

The racial attacks and accusations were written on paper signs posted outside the Great Hall where signs ups for societies were held.

Signs with the phrases such as “BLACK STUDENTS DO NOT JOIN DA/DASO!!!” were put up by the Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (PASMA), the student organisation associated with the political party, the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania. It is suspected that a few other societies may have also been involved.

The Pan Africanist Congress of Azania is, of course, a collectivist and racialist party built around pseudo-historicism and collective hatred. Its student wing is by no means any more reasonable. The slander campaign was no doubted fueled by simple partisan hate and racism.

Such collectivist slurs and slander are no doubt disgraceful.

The notion that one’s political or economic views should somehow be defined by their skin colour is the hallmark of the racist and the collectivist. The actions of PASMA need to be condemned for bringing a hateful ideology onto campus, diluting the political discourse, slandering a society and violating campus policy. This policy is that all posters must be ratified by the Student Council (SRC). These posters were not, and the culprits must be given the appropriate punishment for violating campus policy.

If PASMA were afraid of losing students to DASO, they should rather have examined their own policies.  Individuals – contrary to what the collectivist left might like to think – have individual opinions and views, which are not defined by one’s physical appearance. PASMA must realise this, rather than blaming their unpopularity on race.

  • Harald Sitta

    So PASMA – they will be forgotten soon – who pretend to fight for Black emancipation forbids Black students to make a political choice of their own . Sounds like “Prevention of political interference Act” of 1968. Ironic ….. Do some people not even feel that they make big fools out of themselves….

  • v_3

    Fortunately radicalism has not taken off in the black community. Despite the empty barrel pontificating of movements like PAC, BLF, etc, along with the media giving them overdoses of publicity, they never garner even double figures in national elections.

    Despite their boasts EFF failed to get into the ‘teens’ or win a single council in August and the SACP prefers fronting behind the ZANC, their bosses know they would have no chance if they stood independently. Integrity not being their strong point.