Cosas in the Eastern Cape yesterday said it wanted the election of its national leadership declared null and void because of irregularities in the voting.
Provincial deputy secretary Lwandisa Dukashe claimed that Cosas' president, Kenny Motshegoa, and his secretary-general, Buda Tsotetsi, had been wrongfully elected because at the time of their election they were not students.
Both were elected at the Cosas conference in Port Elizabeth in July.
"The policies of Cosas dictate that the president must at least be a student at the time of nomination," said Dukashe.
She claimed that Motshegoa was a matric dropout while Tsotetsi left school in 1998.
Dukashe also said the election of other national executive committee members was not free and fair.
"Those who challenged the elections received threats from the supporters of the newly- elected president and NEC.
"I remember how one girl who voted for another candidate was assaulted and accused of defying her province's mandate," said Dukashe.
She said the candidates' list was also tampered with after people who were not students were included.
She said there had also been problems at the conference because it was poorly organised.
Dukashe said delegates from Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape challenged Motshegoa's appointment but were told the matter would be rectified.
Cosas national treasurer-general, Antonio Carelse, said he was aware of the rumours about Motshegoa and Tsotetsi not being students.
"But after an investigation we found the allegations were untrue. They are both students," he said.