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.
27 October 2013
The South African Students Congress (SASCO) is shocked and deeply saddened by the passing away of a former SASCOleader, cde Lincoln Morgan. Cde Lincoln died in a tragic car accident in the early hours of this morning (27 October) in Rustenburg. SASCO conveys its sincerest condolences to the family, comrades and friends of cde Lincoln Morgan. Cde Lincoln was an ardent student activist who understood our struggle for transformation of higher education and further training.
19 September 2013
The South African Students Congress (SASCO) is in the seventh heaven after a decisive defeat of the Democratic Alliance Student Organization (DASO) at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) during SRC elections. We are overjoyed to have reclaimed NMMU from a committed agent of underdevelopment, neo-liberalism and the archenemy of progress-the Democratic Alliance (DA). SASCO is now in charge of the NMMU SRC and we vow not to disappoint students in addressing their challenges. SASCO will continue to champion and defend students' interests.
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.