Acronym formed on South African Students’ Organisation.
A student movement espousing the Black Consciousness philosophy, formed in 1969 after black students left Nusas. Also attributive.
Banned in 1977; the founding of Azaso in 1979 was seen by some as a move to reconstitute this organization under a different name.
1970Survey of Race Rel. (S.A.I.R.R.) 226At a meeting of students from the non-white universities and seminaries that was held in December 1968 it was decided that they would form a South African Student’s Organization (S.A.S.O.).
1977Pamphlet, Rhodes Univ. Oct. 20Black student leaders saw SASO as the best way of gaining some form of self respect, confidence and unity among the divided black community.
1977Survey of Race Rel. (S.A.I.R.R.) 22Over the next few years many Saso members came to feel that they no longer needed or wanted the cooperation of Whites.
1984R. Davies et al.Struggle for S. Afr. 303SASO was formed by Black students previously affiliated to the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS), but who had grown tired of what they saw as the paternalism of its dominant liberalism and its major concern with issues affecting white students.
1990Weekly Mail 21 Sept. 11Saso, whose leadership included Steve Biko, Barney Pityana and Patrick Lekota, was influenced by the United States’ civil rights movement and adopted the black consciousness ideology.
1991Rhodeo (Rhodes Univ.) Apr. 9Following the walk-out in 1969, black students formed the South African Students Organisation (SASO), which ascribed to the philosphy of black consiousness. However, with the emergence of non-racial politics and the Freedom Charter in the late 70’s and 80’s, SASO reformed as Azaso and then changed its name to SANSCO in 1986.
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