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Congress of South African Students

 

Congress of South African Students

COSAS
Full name Congress of South African Students
Founded 1979
Affiliation ANC
Key people President General Thlologelo Collen Malatji
Office location Johannesburg, South Africa
Country South Africa
Website cosas.co.za

The Congress of South African Students (COSAS) is an anti-apartheid student organisation established in 1979 in the wake of the June 16 Soweto Uprisings in 1976 in South Africa. In its first two years COSAS took up two commemorative campaigns that authorities saw as ANC-supporting; the 1979 hanging of uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) guerrilla Solomon Mahlangu and the centenary of the Zulu victory over British troops at Isandhlwana.

In 1982, COSAS adopted the theme; “Student-worker action” and promoted the formation of youth congresses to serve the interests of young workers and unemployed youth. The organization provided essential support to striking workers and community struggles around issues such as transport increases, rent hikes and the like.

In 1983, the COSAS welcomed the formation of the United Democratic Front (UDF) and played a key role in the formation of the regional UDF structures in all of the provinces. It saw the UDF as representing a common platform to fight for a free and democratic South Africa.

Throughout the 1980s, under the banner of COSAS, students staged a variety of resistance tactics like boycotts and strikes. In Cradock, Eastern Cape students from seven schools boycotted the transfer of Mathew Goniwe, a teacher and anti-apartheid activist who was later murdered by apartheid security forces.[1] COSAS has the stated goal of uniting and representing South African students of poor and disadvantaged backgrounds at "the Pre-Tertiary Level".[2] The COSAS moto is “Each One Teach One”.[3]

COSAS is preceded by Apartheid government in 1977.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Constitution of the Congress of South African Students". Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  2. ^ "Constitution of the Congress of South African Students". Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  3. ^ "Constitution of the Congress of South African Students". Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  4. ^ "O'Malley". The Heart of Hope. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 

Cateogory:Anti apartheid

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