South African Students Congress Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_Students_Congress

South African Students Congress
PresidentBamanye Matiwane
Secretary-GeneralButhanani Goba
FoundedSeptember 1991
Preceded byAzanian Students Organisation
HeadquartersLuthuli House
ColoursGreen, Gold, Black, Red

The South African Students Congress (SASCO) is a South African student organisation currently led by Bamanye Matiwane as the organization's President. SASCO was founded in September 1991 at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, through the merger of the South African National Student Congress (SANSCO) and the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS). The predecessor of SANSCO, the Azanian Students Organisation (AZASO) was initially formed in 1979 as a continuation of the South African Students Organisation (SASO) when the latter was banned by the Apartheid government. SASO, in turn, got started by Steve Biko as a breakaway faction from NUSAS in the 1960s.[1]

SASCO is the biggest student movement in Africa[citation needed]. It organizes students in institutions of higher learning striving for the transformation of not just institutions of higher learning but the whole system in order to achieve a non-sexist, non-racial, working class biased and democratic education system.


  1. ^ "The Azanian Students Organisation (AZASO) / South African National Students Congress (SANSCO)". Retrieved 17 April 2011. In September of 1991 SANSCO and NUSAS decided to merge to form the South African Student Congress (SASCO) at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. This was the venue that sparked anger in Biko, causing the move from NUSAS and the formation of SASO back in the 1960s.

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