South Africa at war: White power and the crisis in southern by Richard Leonard

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Another component was created during the same period when black students split off from the National Union of South African Stu dents, which had been the organization of liberal, English-speaking white students, to form the South African Students Organization (SASO) in 1969. SASO, in turn, was instrumental, in 1972, in organizing the Black Peoples Convention (BPC) as a coordinating body for a range of black consciousness groups. The BPC gained support from the South African Council of churches as well as from church and other organizations opposing apartheid in Western countries.

B. To promote and protect the interests of the African people in all matters affecting them. c. To strive for the attainment of universal adult suffrage and the creation of a united democratic South Africa on the principles outlined in the Freedom Charter. d. 17 During the years 1958 and 1959 tensions which had been building within the Congress culminated in a factional breakaway. The new group, the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), had coalesced around former mem bers of the Youth League who wanted the ANC to follow what they saw as the true spirit of Africanism.

Robert Mangaliso So bukwe, a lecturer in African languages at the University of Witwaters rand, was elected president, and Potlako Leballo, a teacher who had served in an African unit in the South African forces in World War II, was chosen national secretary. Leballo had been expelled from the Youth League and, later, from the ANC itself for disruptive activity. The PAC contended that the multiracial approach of the ANC allowed for a disproportionate influence on the organizations by whites, people of mixed race, and Indians and inhibited the development of a liberatory national consciousness among Africans.

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