Whilst a student in the 90’s at the former Technikon Northern Transvaal now Tshwane University of Technology, I was always mesmerized by student politics and how brilliant this youth leaders were and ahead of their time. I have many times asked myself how come these leaders being students, able to master the art of public speech, power of persuasion and the finesse with which they executed their student leadership tasks. I was in deed in admiration.
Many of these leaders were in the student representative council known as the SRC and they were vocal about student matters and also militant in terms of putting their points across. What I noticed was that they were highly respected by the institution’s authority and they held power over the institute’s academic matters and general affairs. As for us students, we followed like sheep each time they called student meetings and other social gatherings of concern to students. Such was the nature of student politics.