SASCO NMMU took its stand against the emergence of Xenophobic attacks in the country. In an OR Tambo Memorial lecture it hosted on Thursday, 16 April 2015 in the North Campus Auditorium, the student organization condemned Xenophobia, appealing to all students to join in the fight against Xenophobia and strive to be like revolutionaries such as Oliver Tambo.
Expected to deliver the memorial lecture was former ANC Youth League president and current Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Malusi Gigaba who unfortunately could not make it. In an apology for his absence, a special programmes deputy director from his office, Khayakazi Dasi said that Mr Gigaba had to urgently attend to the crisis of ongoing Xenophobic attacks in the country, emphasising that he was in no way belittling the Memorial lecture. She also stated that the Minister condemns Xenophobia with the notion that “South Africa belongs to all who live in it.”
Nelson Mandela Bay Head of Trade and Investment, former NMMU student development officer and ANC official, Mr Lutho Nduvane delivered the lecture. “Giving a lecture on comrade Tambo is a daunting task,” he began by saying. Mr Nduvane expressed disappointment in the behaviour of the South African citizens who are attacking foreigners whose home countries are the same countries which supported and accommodated South Africans who sought refuge during the apartheid struggle. He stated that Tambo was part of a “generation of cadres whose principle was liberating South Africans, both black and white” and that he was a teacher and later a lawyer who sacrificed it all for the liberation of his people.
Also present were ANC regional chairman, Xolani Mgxotheni and SASCO Chairman of the Western Region, Khaya Ngubentombi who both motivated SASCO to pursue the teachings of Oliver Tambo.