23 years ago on this day a giant student political force was born, its core principles were non-racialism, non-sexism, African leadership, working class leadership and academic excellence. This organization was born out of the merger of two organizations, NUSAS and SANSCO who had played a significant role in the anti Apartheid struggle. Today we gathered to celebrate, reflect and more importantly to re-imagine the role that SASCO should play in our countries transformational discourse. We have decided to also use this opportunity to celebrate 90 years since the formation of NUSAS in 1924.
We have converged here today to celebrate 23 years of the existence the South African Students Congress. We are celebrating 23 years of racially inclusive student activism. On this note, we must lament the glaring absence of activists from other national groups in this venue.
For a period in our burgeoning democratic dispensation, much effort and resources were directed towards the primary education sector, which resulted in higher education remaining in the shadows for a period of time. The argument was sound, it is imperative that a good foundation be laid for education from the very beginning. Children from very early on must be equipped with the correct buildings blocks for understanding, interpreting and finally creating knowledge. Having emerged from a very dark past of Bantu Education this made perfect sense.
5 December 2013
INSPIRED by the vigilance of previous generations of student activists who fought for education transformation under tougher conditions, GUIDED by the spirits of our fallen leaders amongst them Babalwa Ntabeni and Lincoln Morgan and MOTIVATED by the zeal and determination of toiling students across the land, WE the 1061 strong delegates to the 18th SASCO National Congress gathered from the 1st to the 5th of December at the University of Venda in Limpopo province.
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18 September 2014
The South African Students Congress notes with utter disgust and irritation the manner in which the management of TUT, led by the tyrannical and inept Vice-Chancellor Professor Ogude, is handling the current dispute on NSFAS in the University.
12 August 2014
The South African Students’ Congress has learnt with great concern the recent incidents of racism that have taken place in some of our institutions of higher learning. These incidents are evident to our long held position that South African universities continue to be preserves to perpetuate the legacy of our regrettable past. In South Africa we continue to have black and white universities, the later being for the privileged few and the former for the marginalized majority. This continues to be the case because of the blatant refusal by the powers that be in our institutions to transform these institutions.
6 August 2014
The Human Rights Commission released, what others considered as shocking results, that more than 500 cases of racism in our institutions were reported. Even though we are concerned as the South African Students’ Congress, we are not surprised by this outcome. In fact it is our firm view that many, more cases have not been reported. Just few days after this revelation, our country faces another racist incident that took place at the University of Pretoria, unsurprisingly.
As usual, debates in our National Executive Committee meeting were lively; heated but comradely. One of the liveliest of these discussions was the debate around the Free Education struggle in the face of pronunciations by the ANC and Presidency in the January 8th rally and the State of the Nation Address.
The Red Spark Theoretical Journal is a South African Students Congress publication issued quarterly to reflect and analyse contemporary issues that affect the society at large. We remain an independent student organisation that is rooted within the National Democratic Revolution as led by the reliable leader of the alliance, the ANC and our approach to matters affecting the ANC-led government and the mass democratic movement we will always use our CC (Contradictory-Complimentary) Approach when articulating our perspective to those issues.