Wathintha Bafazi Wathint'mbokodo! Uzokufa Strijdom! Those were the determined words and declaration of war by our mothers in 1956 in Pretoria at the Union buildings. Brave women of all races united behind their fight against oppression, apartheid and pass laws. They all arrived in Pretoria with one message, and that message was very clear, they were tired of apartheid and they were ready to confront the system. One thing of significance in that March was the high capacity of women to mobilize and strategize under very difficult conditions. The women in that March who were domestic workers consciously arrived to the March with children of their white masters and bosses on their backs, these kids were to be their ammunition throughout the protest. This they achieved because the apartheid police could not shoot or teargas these magnitudes of women as they were caring white babies. It is an insult today to be told that women have no capacity after serious capacity was displayed back then in 1956.
Women`s Day provides an opportunity for all South Africans, men and women alike, to recall and honour the immeasurable role played by women in sustaining and nurturing our young democracy, our country and indeed our very humanity. Most importantly it creates an opportunity for South Africans to reflect on the gains made and the challenges still faced by women in our country.
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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8 March 2014
The South African Students Congress (SASCO) notes and welcomes the departure of the racist coward Theuns Eloff who was a Vice-Chancellor at the North West University. We believe that this is a sheer act of cowardice which is only done to hide the fact that he has been presiding over this untransformed institution, more particularly the Potchefstroom campus where the backward Nazi Salute incidence happened.
27 February 2014
SASCO is not moved by the 2014 Budget presented by Minister Pravin Gordhan. We think that yet again an opportunity to rid ourselves of neo-liberal macroeconomic policy was missed. We do not think that the ANC resolution on radical economic transformation is taken seriously by our National Treasury. In as much as we welcome the continued commitment by our government to cushion the poor through the social wage and other interventions, we do believe more could be achieved if a stronger hand is exerted on capital in our country.
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.