The DA will be hosting a leadership programme for the training of young politicians. The programme will run throughout 2010 and is open to application by non-members of the party.
Cilliers Brink, the chairperson of the DA Students Organization (DASO), will be taking part in the programme. In an interview with Perdeby, Brink stated that programmes of this sort are essential, especially in the context of the political developments at Tuks.
There is a lack of responsible political leadership as well as a “trend of hooliganism”, says Brink. The programme provides political training for those who share the views of the DA.
Brink says that the programme is open to all kinds of students and will attempt to provide leaders of substance, whether they are DA members or not. Persons between the ages of 18 and 35 can apply. Brink sees the programme as an opportunity to learn positive political values in order to change the trend of violence and intimidation amongst the political youth.
He referred to the postponed SRC elections as just such a failure of political movements for the youth to uphold democratic values, by denying people their right to vote. There will be a Q&A session about the leadership programme on October 8, 2009 at 12:30 in HSB 3-24.