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Title:The Origins and Development of the South African Student's Movement (SASM): 1968-1976
Author:Diseko, Nozipho
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:student movements
Education and Oral Traditions
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/2637181
Abstract:This paper provides a detailed historical account of the South African Students' Movement from its birth in 1968 (at Diepkloof Secondary School in Soweto) to the period just before the 1976 pupil uprising. Stress is laid on the conditions within secondary and high schools in South Africa as a major factor accounting for its birth. Primary among these were authoritarianism and the absence of channels through which students could seek redress for their grievances. In its infancy the organization adhered to no particular ideology, but when the Black Consciousness Movement emerged in the early 1970s it was embraced as its philosophy. However, by the end of 1974, it is argued, dissatisfaction with the limitations of Black Consciousness led to the establishment of links with the ANC. Due to State repression this ideological shift went unnoticed by the public, although the 1976 uprising consolidated the change. In conclusion the impact of closer ties with the ANC is examined. Notes, ref.