- Sasco has praised Jacob Zuma for his role in declaring no university fee increases for 2016
- The ANCWYL has also lauded Zuma for supporting a female candidate for the ANC leadership in 2017
- The league described the former president as "forward thinking"
The SA Students Congress (Sasco) and ANC Women's League (ANCWL) have praised former president Jacob Zuma for being "forward thinking".
Zuma was honoured at an event on Thursday.
In particular, Sasco lauded Zuma for "his role in heeding the youth's call and facilitating fee-free higher education".
Sasco was referring to Zuma's decision to grant no university fee increases for 2016 following the 2015 #FeesMustFall protests which swept across campuses.
Moipone Mhlongo, the secretary-general of Sasco, said that Zuma had "laid the foundation for fee-free higher education", according to News24.
The ANCWYL also complimented Zuma for being in support of the ANC electing its first female leader at the 2017 Nasrec conference. During that time, Zuma supported his ex-wife Nkoszana Dlamini-Zuma's bid for the leadership spot. Dlamini-Zuma was widely viewed as being more sympathetic to Zuma than the eventual winner, Cyril Ramaphosa.
The Women's League described the former president's support for Dlamini-Zuma as a "forward thinking" move, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Additionally, Zuma made remarks at the event.
He urged the youth league to support a president would would implement the ANC's Nasrec resolutions, which include controversial policy moves such as land expropriation without compensation and the nationalisation of the Reserve Bank.
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