CONgRESS oF SOUTH AFRICAN STUDENTS
EACH ONE TEACH ONE
FREE AND COMPULSORY EDUCATION FOR ALL
The Congress Of South African Students Was Formed In 1979 On The 31st May In Welgespruit, Johannesburg It Was Formed In A Bid To Unite Students At Pre-Tertiary Level And Let Them Speak With One Voice, In The Wake of 1979 Students Uprising. Students Realized That If They Wanted The Cause For Non – Sexist, Democratic, Free And Compulsory Education And Training System To Be Realized, They Had To Become Pro – Active And Could Not Leave This Struggle In The Hands Of Teachers Alone. So that motto of “Each one Teach One” could be a Reality.
B. MISSION STATEMENT
COSAS strives for free, compulsory and relevant education and training system, which embrace the value of:
- Non racialism
- Non sexism
In the interest of students at pre – tertiary level from poor and disadvantaged background
We do this through;
- The program of Reconstruction and Development by ways of campaigns, lobbying and establishing of projects.
- Empowering students to contribute constructively to the well being of the society.
- Our membership comes from all sectors of South African Students and we shall work willingly with those share our vision and values.
1. We the students of South Africa recognizing that before being students we are members of the society, recognizing that education is a fundamental human right, believing that students have a construction role to play in the Socio – Economic development of our country, thus the unity of students is vital to the realization of these objectives. Therefore resolve to form an organization set out below.
2.1 The name shall be the Congress of South African Students. Herein after referred to as COSAS.
3. COLOURS AND SYMBOLS
3.1 The colours shall be Black and White.
3.2 The name of the organization shall be printed in black on a white background.
3.3 The emblem shall be South African students holding a book in the map. These will be white against black.
4.1 The aim of COSAS shall be to unite all South African students in the pre – tertiary sector to strive towards a non – racial, non – sexist, democratic, free and compulsory dynamic education and training system for the betterment of the society as whole.
5.1 Recruit all students who support the aims and objectives of COSAS.
5.2 Raise the understanding of students on education matters i.e. policy, bills etc.
5.3 Create the spirit of trust and cooperation among students.
5.4 Defend and advance the interest of its members.
5.5 Cooperate or form organization, both locally and internationally, where it is in the interest of COSAS to do so.
5.6 Encourage innovative and creative thinking amongst students through debating societies.
5.7 Organizing leadership training program for students.
5.8 Promote career opportunities that will enhance the abilities and potential of students.
5.9 To create a mutual relationship between students and teachers.
5.10 Champion the general interests and rights of students in education and other aspects in the society.
6.1 FULL TIME MEMBERSHIP
6.1.1 Membership shall be opened to all students in South Africa who are at pre – tertiary level with the restriction of twenty four (24) years of age.
6.1.2 Every student joining COSAS is obligated to pay a membership subscription of R10.00.
6.1.3 Application for membership should be opened and considered by COSAS Branch where such exist, and by the Provincial Executive Committee if no branch Committee exist, the Branch Committee has the power to accept or reject an application. In an event of rejection, the application shall be made aware of his/her right to appeal toa senior structure.
6.1.4 All members shall be issued with membership cards on payment of membership fee.
6.1.5 Dual membership by an individual shall be welcomed provided the policies and programs of those organizations to which they belong or may wish to belong are not hostile to those of COSAS.
6.2 AFFILIATED MEMBERSHIP
6.2.1 Affiliated membership shall be to open to all groups/club and projects that are based at school and support program and projects of COSAS
6.3 AFFILIATED MEMBERSHIP
6.3.1 Affiliated membership shall be open to all who adhere to the principle, policies and values of COSAS, these shall be individuals who support programs and projects and who want to contribute to the development of the organization. Associate members shall pay an annual subscription fee of R200.00.
6.4 HONORARY PRESIDENT
220.127.116.11 It shall be bestowed to an individual who has a history, a track record and he/she has made an outstanding contribution in the liberation struggle.
7. RIGHTS AND OBLIGATION
7.1 FULL TIME STUDENTS
7.1.1 Every member is obligated to pay an annual fee of R10.00
7.1.2 Shall have right to elect or be elected to any position within the organization
7.1.3 Shall engage in a constructive criticism and self – criticism
7.1.4 Shall be protected against any harassment, victimization and/ or discrimination based on Race, ethnicity, sex or creed
7.1.5 Shall participate in all programs and projects of the organization
7.1.6 Shall be informed about the organization programs and projects
7.1.7 Shall attend all meetings and participate in engagements
7.1.8 Shall be obliged to defend all the policies, programs and projects of the organization
7.1.9 Shall take up any responsibility that may be laid on he/her, such should be within any reasonable doubt the individual will be able to carry out
7.2 ASSOCIATE/ AFFILIATES
7.2.1 May not be elected to any position but can participate in sub- committee on a participatory observer status.
7.2.2 May be informed about issues concerning the organization
7.2.3 May be invited to workshops, conference, meetings etc
7.2.4 May participate in COSAS projects and campaigns
7.3 AFFILIATIONS AND ASSOCIATE FEE
7.3.1 Shall pay an amount of R200.00, annually on membership subscription or registration.
8. GENDER AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
8.1 In the endeavor to reach the objectives of full representation of women in all decision – making structures, COSAS shall implement a program of Affirmative action, including the provision of quota not less than 40% in all its structures
8.2 The method shall be addressed in all structures on a continuing basis
8.3 Representation or delegation to COSAS activities shall be based on the 50/50 principle
9. STANDING ORDERS OF THE CONGRESS
9.1.1 The quorum at the congress shall be 2/3 majority of the total number of invited delegates. If it does not
9.2 CHECKING CREDENTIALS AND LEGALITY OF THE CONGRESS
9.2.1 The outgoing secretariat shall deliver a report to the plenary session on legality of the congress and quorate at the fixed time of the opening then it will be postponed for not more than 24 Hours, and then if 50% plus 1 of the total number of delegates is present then it may continue the attainment of quorum
9.2.2 The above should apply to all levels of COSAS
9.3 ELECTION PROCEDURES
9.3.1 Election for all posts in COSAS shall be conducted by secret ballot
9.3.2 Valid ballot papers shall only be those by the electorate office
9.3.3 Such ballot papers bearing and marks that undermine secrecy of voting shall be regarded invalid.
9.3.4 A nominee will have to acquire three provinces seconding the nominating Province to qualify
9.3.5 The procedure used to conduct election shall require a successful candidate to obtain 50% plus 1 of the voting delegates in plenary
9.3.6 In an event the is only one nominee for a position and the plenary has no other, then that nominee is unanimous
9.3.7 Equal votes being cast in particular elections then a second round will be arranged,
9.3.8 Candidates will have to sign nomination form for acceptance of nomination.
10.1 NATIONAL CONGRESS
10.1.1 The National Congress shall be the highest decision making body of the organization
10.1.2 The National Congress shall elect members of the National Executive Committee (NEC)
10.1.3 The National Congress shall be convened once in two years
10.1.4 Extra – ordinary Congress may be convened, when more than 2/3 of the total provinces demand so and when the majority of the NEC votes a vote of no confidences in itself.
10.1.4.1 A branch may nominate delegates and each shall have one vote
10.1.4.2 The National Congress shall adopt policies by means of resolution in furthering the aims and objectives of COSAS and will consider and decide upon
10.1.4.2.1 Confirmation of Agenda
10.1.4.2.3 Amendments of the Constitution
10.1.4.2.4 Political Report
10.1.4.2.5 Financial Report
10.1.4.2.6 Secretarial Report
10.1.4.2.7 Election of the NEC
10.2 NATIONAL STUDENTS COUNCIL
10.2.1 The National Student Council shall be the supreme policy formulating body between National Congresses.
10.2.2 Shall have the power to recommend new policy directions.
10.2.3 Shall evaluate progress and develop plans of action.
10.2.4 It shall be convened once per term of office.
10.2.5 It shall be constituted as follows’;
10.2.5.1 Members of the NEC
10.2.5.2 Five PEC Members
10.2.5.3 Branches may nominate delegates as allocated
10.3 NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
10.3.1 Shall be constituted by the following members
10.3.1.1 President General
10.3.1.2 Deputy President General
10.3.1.3 Secretary General
10.3.1.4 Deputy Secretary General
10.3.1.5 Treasurer General
10.3.1.6 Twenty heads of departments
10.3.1.7 Provincial Chairperson and Secretaries ex – officio status
10.3.2 The NEC shall be the highest decision making body between congresses
10.3.3 Shall manage all the activities of the organization
10.3.4 Shall establish department that will be headed by the members of the NEC
10.3.5 Shall elect the National Working Committee in the first NEC meeting
10.3.6 Shall be highest disciplinary structure of the organization in between NSC/Congresses
10.3.7 Shall have the power to co – opt not more than three additional members as any time during its term of office in order to provide representations that reflect the true character of the Congress of South African Students provided such co – option enjoys 2/3 of the National Executive Committee.
10.3.8 Shall hold office for a period of two years and may be re – elected
10.3.9 Shall meet at least once in three months unless the situation is otherwise
10.4 NATIONAL WORKING COMMITTEE
10.4.1 Shall implement decisions of the NEC
10.4.2 Shall also deal with issues of employment and evaluation of stuff members
10.4.3 Shall in effect be the administrative wing of the organization
10.4.4 Shall co – ordinate monthly plans and consistently ensure that the organization meets it’s long objectives
10.4.5 Shall keep a very close link with Provincial and Branches
10.4.6 Shall be constituted by the following members
10.4.6.1 President General
10.4.6.2 Deputy President
10.4.6.3 Secretary General
10.4.6.4 Deputy Secretary General
10.4.6.5 Treasurer General
10.4.6.6 Five members of the NEC
10.4.6.7 Shall meet once a month
11.1 PROVINCIAL CONGRESS
11.1.1 Shall be formulating body of the Province
11.1.2 Shall elect the Provincial Executive Committee
11.1.3 Shall adopt resolutions, programs, political, secretariat and financial reports
11.1.4 Shall be constituted by PEC, REC and Branched delegates required
11.1.5 Shall be officiated by NEC member, who may be delegated for such responsibility
11.1.6 Shall meet on eighteen months
11.2 PROVINCIAL STUDENTS COUNCIL
11.2.1 Shall be the policy making body of the province
11.2.2 Shall evaluate progress and adopt programs and resolutions
11.2.3 Shall be constituted by PEC, REC and branched delegated that may be required
11.2.4 Shall meet once per month of office and as and when the need arises
11.3 PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
11.3.1 Shall take decisions between PSC
11.3.2 Shall have the power to co – opt not more than three additional members as any time during its term of office in order to provide representation that reflect the true character of South African Students provided such co – option enjoys 2/3 of the Provincial Executive Committee
11.3.3 It shall implement the policies and programs of COSAS and strive to further the interests aims and objectives of COSAS
11.3.4 Manage and control the funds of COSAS in the Province
11.3.5 Shall run the activities of the province
11.3.6 Shall form departments and co – ordinate their work
11.3.7 Shall elect the Provincial Working Committee
11.3.8 Shall meet at least once a month
11.3.9 Shall be constituted by the follow
18.104.22.168 Deputy Chairperson
22.214.171.124 Deputy Chairperson
126.96.36.199 Ten heads of department
188.8.131.52 Shall ,hold office for the period of eighteen months and may be re – elected
11.4 PROVINCIAL WORKING COMMITTEE
11.4.1 Shall implement decisions of the PEC
11.4.2 Shall also deal with issues of employment and evaluation of staff members
11.4.3 Shall in effect be the administrative wing of the organization in the province
11.4.4 Shall co – ordinate monthly plans and consistently ensure that the organization meets its long objectives
11.4.5 Shall keep a very close link with Regions and Branches
11.4.6 Shall be constituted by the following members
184.108.40.206 Deputy Chairperson
220.127.116.11 Deputy Secretary
18.104.22.168 Five members of the PEC
22.214.171.124 Shall meet at least once a month
12.1 REGIONAL CONGRESS
12.1.1 Shall take resolution on how best to implement the resolution, programs and projects of the organization
12.1.2 Shall adopt resolutions political, secretariat and financial reports
12.1.3 Shall act as coordinating structure between the PEC and branches
12.1.4 Shall elect the Regional Executive Committee
12.1.5 Shall be constituted my members of the REC and Branch delegates
12.1.6 Shall be officiated by NEC member deployed and PEC deployed delegated for such responsibility
12.1.7 Shall meet annually
12.2 REGIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
12.2.1 Shall take resolutions between Regional Student Council
12.2.2 Shall form departments and co –ordinate
12.2.3 Shall be the highest decision making body between the congresses
12.2.4 Shall meet in three months
12.2.5 Shall elect the Regional Working Committee
12.2.6 Shall hold an office for one year and may be re – elected
12.2.7 Shall be constituted by the following:
126.96.36.199 Deputy Chairperson
188.8.131.52 Deputy Secretary
184.108.40.206 Ten heads of departments
220.127.116.11 Branch Chairpersons and Secretaries shall constitute the REC on Ex – officio status
18.104.22.168 Shall meet at least in three months
12.3 REGIONAL WORKING COMMITTEE
12.3.1 Shall run the day –to – day activities of the organization
12.3.2 Shall meet once a month
12.3.3 Shall be constituted by the following:
22.214.171.124 Deputy Chairperson
126.96.36.199 Deputy Secretary
188.8.131.52 Five members of the REC
184.108.40.206 Shall receive branch reports about branch development
13.1.1 A school shall be a sub – branch
13.1.2 A branch consist of 50% approximately of sub – branches around the an area
13.2 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
13.2.1 Shall meet annually
13.2.2 Shall elect Brach Executive Committee
13.2.3 Shall adopt resolutions political, secretariat and financial reports
13.2.4 Shall be officiated by REC member deployed
13.2.5 Shall be constituted by 50% plus one of members in good standing
13.3 BRANCH EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
13.3.1 Shall co – ordinate general activities of COSAS
13.3.2 Carry out organizational and publicity work in school and other areas in furtherance of the policy programs and decisions of COSAS
13.3.3 Submit progress and development report to the REC
13.3.4 Shall elect the Branch Working Committee
13.3.5 Shall hold an office for one year and may be re – elected
13.3.6 Shall be constituted by the following:
220.127.116.11 Deputy Chairperson
18.104.22.168 Deputy Secretary
22.214.171.124 Ten portfolio conveners
14.1 all Executives will have the following departments either combined or chosen from
14.2 Education Policy Department
14.3 Political Department
14.4 Organizational Development Department
14.5 Gender Department
14.6 Sports, Arts and Culture department
14.7 Projects department
14.8 Publicity and Information Department
14.9 International Affairs Department
14.10 The above shall apply to all Executive structures
15. DUTIES OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS
15.1.1 The President shall be the Chief Presiding Officer (CPO)
15.1.3 Present to the National Congress a comprehensive statement of the State of the Nation and Political situation generally
15.1.4 Make pronouncement for and on behalf of the NEC outlining and explaining the policy or attitude of COSAS on any question
15.1.5 Have both deliberate and casting votes
15.1.6 Sign minutes of the meeting after confirmation thereof authorize issues of cheques
15.1.7 Enforce observance of the constitution and the resolutions of National Congress
15.1.8 Shall supervise all work of COSAS in conformity with the constitution and rules procedure agreed upon by the NEC
15.2 DEPUTY PRESIDENT
15.2.1 Shall in absence of the President assume his/her responsibilities
15.2.2 Shall be the Chief Spokesperson of COSAS on international Affairs
15.2.3 Shall chair the Disciplinary Committee (DC)
15.3 SECRETARY GENERAL
15.3.1 Shall convene the National Congress (NC), National Students Council (NSC) and National Executive Meetings (NEC) in consultation with the President
15.3.2 Take responsibility for correspondences
15.3.3 Shall be the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
15.3.4 Give directions to provinces, regions and branches
15.3.5 Shall in consultation with the Deputy secretary General (DSG) recommend employment of the staff of the National Working Committee (NWC)
15.3.6 The Secretary General shall perform all these tasks outlined above on full time basis
15.4 DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL
15.4.1 Shall assist the Secretary General in the execution of responsibilities
15.4.2 Shall oversee Administrative structure of the organization
15.4.3 Shall perform all these tasks outlined above full time basis
15.4.4 Shall serve as the Chief Personnel of COSAS
15.5 TREASURE GENERAL
15.5.1 Shall head the Finance Committee
15.5.2 Draw annual budget, financial statement, oversee the financial efficiency and system of the organisation
15.5.3 Submit an audited Financial Report to National Congress and submit periodic reports NWC, NEC
15.5.4 Preside over the Financial Committee in conformity with the financial policy
15.5.5 Receive quarterly reports from provinces
16.6 HEAD OF DEPARTMENTS (HOD’S)
16.6.1 Shall head departments allocated to them by the NEC
16.6.2 The NEC/PEC member deployed to Organisational Development shall be fulltime and shall be referred as an Organisational Development officer at such structural level.
16.6.3 Shall Head Departments allocated to them by the NEC
16.6.4 Submit quarterly report to Secretary General Office (SGO)
17.1 The NWC may employ full time persons who are no longer students to assist in the work of the organisation such persons must be former members of COSAS
17.2 Job description and condition of service shall be approved through the NWC
17.3 Staff members may be invited to attend meetings, but shall not have voting rights
17.4 Shall account to the secretary General Office
17.5 Shall perform their tasks full time basis with remuneration
18 RULES AND REGULATIONS
18.1 The NEC have the power to adopt appropriate rules and regulations to enable efficiency of the work of COSAS if and when the need arise
18.2 The PEC shall have powers to govern and improve the work of COSAS in provinces in line with the constitution of COSAS
18.3 All rules and regulations shall be founded upon the constitutional principles of COSAS, such regulations may be formulated by the PEC shall be subjected to the approval of the NEC or NWC on a provisional basis endorsed by the NEC
19 CODE OF CONDUCT
19.1 A Code of Conduct shall be Annexure 1 of the Constitution
20.1 A policy document shall be Annexure 2 of the Constitution
21 FINANCIAL POLICY
21.1 Financial Policy shall be Annexure 3 of the Constitution
22.1 COSAS may be dissolved by a resolution of the National Congress voted for by a two third majority of those present at the Congress. COSAS assets will then be sold, after payments of all debts, remaining funds will be donated to an institution or organisation pursuing the same aims and objectives that COSAS stands for.
23.1 This Constitution was adopted by the majority vote at the 14th National Congress held in Kwa – Zulu Natal Province at Durban (UKZN Westville Campus), on the 10th – 14th December 2010.
------------------------------ ------------------------------Bongani Mani Thandeka Khohliso
President – General Secretary – General