As we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Women’s Charter and the 58th of the historic 1956 Women’s March, we pay tribute to the historic women who took the struggle for women’s emancipation into their own hands and stood firm in their call for liberation. One such woman was Charlotte Maxeke who saw the need for women’s emancipation over a century ago.
Preamble: We, the women of South Africa, wives and mothers, working women and housewives, African, Indians, European and Coloured, hereby declare our aim of striving for the removal of all laws, regulations, conventions and customs that discriminate against us as women, and that deprive us in any way of our inherent right to the advantages, responsibilities and opportunities that society offers to any one section of the population.
As we just celebrated National Women’s Day, like many, I felt inspired to revisit The Women’s Charter as adopted on 17 April 1954 by the Federation of South African Women (FEDSAW). I was intrigued as to how those women identified themselves and used societal gender stereotypes as a weapon for liberation.
Perhaps let’s agree with Cde Thoko Didiza when she said a few weeks ago at SASCO’s National Gender that the gender struggle begins at home as to how children are generally brought up. Can practicing gender balanced roles only at home produce a child that fully understands the gender question?
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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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.
4 August 2014
The South African Students' Congress enjoins all South Africans to join and participate in its One Million Signatures for Free Education Campaign. Our aim is to get a million South Africans to officially rally behind our call for Free Education. This campaign seeks to elevate the struggle for Free Quality Education in our country. Twenty years into democracy the racist legacy of Apartheid persist and is evident with the exclusion of hundreds of thousand of young African working class and poor youth from institutions of higher education and training.
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.