The recent impulse at the Tshwane University of Technology as result of shortage of NSFAS funding to cater for all financially needy and academically deserving students is a testimony that the current funding system of our education is failing dismally.
The month of September is general known as a heritage month. In order to mark its symbolic nature, people of various cultural groups display, and celebrate their cultural diversity. However, to some of us, September has its special chapter in the history Books. It is a month which our gallant student movement South African Students Congress (SASCO) was born (In 1991).
It has been over a year since the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) was founded by the former President of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) Julius Sello Malema and his allies. The formation of the EFF came as an aftermath of certain political events both within and outside the ANC, these political issues range from the expulsion of the former ANCYL President from the ANC, the Marikana Massacre, and re-election of President Jacob Zuma in the highly anticipated 53rd National congress of the ANC in Mangaung.
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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10 December 2014
From the onset we would like to say, that SASCO values its alliance with the Young Communist League. We do so because our relationship is an organic one that was conceived in struggle and not in boardroom tables. Together we have fought against colonialism, Apartheid and capitalism. We share a history of being banned, our leaders arrested, killed and abducted. We share a history of working underground, in exile and in the camps of Umkhonto WeSizwe.
11 November 2014
SASCO has noted the decision of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) decision to expel its largest affiliate the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) from the federation. It is with great pain that we as revolutionary students have to respond to these developments. Our view has always been to call for the unity of the federation and we have deliberately desisted from making public commentary about internal COSATU processes. These we did recognizing that COSATU and its affiliates have the capacity, at least we believed, to resolve the internal challenges confronting it amicably. We also respected and continue to respect the independence of COSATU.
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.