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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).
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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