Codesa, noun

Forms:
Also CODESA.
Origin:
Acronym formed on Convention for a Democratic South Africa.
historical
1. Either of two successive all-party conventions held between 1991 and 1993 to determine guidelines for a new constitution and a democratic franchise for a multi-party government of transition; occasionally with a distinguishing numeral, as Codesa I, Codesa II; rare, a collective name for the delegates attending either convention. Also attributive.
1991 J. Maclennan in Sunday Tribune 15 Dec. 1The issue..could surface again with divisive results at this week’s inaugural meeting of the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (Codesa).
1991 C. Whitfield in Natal Mercury 23 Dec. 1Codesa ushered in a new dawn for South Africa at the weekend.
1992 Q. Wilson in South 27 Feb. 16When..Mrs Helen Suzman proposed that there should be at least one woman active in each of the five working groups, Codesa 1 thundered in hefty applause.
1992 Academic Standard Apr. 3Because of recent negotiated settlements in Angola,..and the CODESA process in South Africa, the Southern African region can look towards the future with hope.
1992 D. Friedman in Weekly Mail 15 May 25If Codesa II does agree on interim government, will we really be on the road to a democracy?
1993 Sash Newsletter (Black Sash) 29 June 4[The National Party] intends to remain in charge by constitutional manoevering, a tight hold on economic power, management of the process of transition, and the discrediting of its political opposition. This was clearly demonstrated in the demands which led to the breakdown of CODESA II.
1994 M. Edmonds on Radio South Africa 6 MayCodesa, I can imagine, must have been a low point for many people because of its horrible failure.
2. transferred sense. Any discussion between interest groups or parties holding widely divergent views.
1992 Cape Times 20 May 8Economic Codesa. The establishment of a virtual economic Codesa at a meeting in the city this week is arguably the biggest breakthrough in weeks in the negotiations for a new order in South Africa. That the meeting between government, business and labour could take place at all is encouraging.
3. see quotation.
1994 Wilhelm & Naidoo in Sunday Times 1 May 15Codesa, however, is enjoying a much longer life. It is now a township jive dance.
Either of two successive all-party conventions held between 1991 and 1993 to determine guidelines for a new constitution and a democratic franchise for a multi-party government of transition; occasionally with a distinguishing numeral, as Codesa I, Codesa II; rare, a collective name for the delegates attending either convention. Also attributive.
Any discussion between interest groups or parties holding widely divergent views.
see quotation.

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