Cosas embarrasses blacks

Of all the progressive youth formations this country has ever produced, Cosas must be the most unfortunate when it comes to electing leaders.

Of all the progressive youth formations this country has ever produced, Cosas must be the most unfortunate when it comes to electing leaders.

I do not know their constitutional processes on electing leaders, but Cosas members seem to have a knack of putting in office leaders that are an embarrassment not only to themselves, but the entire black society. The latest threat to boycott final exams unless pupils' marks are increased by 20percent would be shocking if it did not come from Cosas.

The organisation that was formed to fill the void left by the historic mass ban of liberation movements, including the South African Students Organisation on October 19 1977, has always made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Throughout the 1980s, it became synonymous with its ill-considered pass-one-pass-all campaign and class disruptions at the drop of a hat, rather than its "Each one Teach one" motto. Their protest marches have come to mean terror to innocent street vendors and shopkeepers.

Recently, a Cosas leader publicly insulted Archbishop Desmond Tutu for questioning ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma's morality. As an organisation that was formed by people who went on to be among the finest leaders in our democracy, Cosas still has an important role to play in shaping our future leaders. But with the current crop, that remains a pipe dream.

Simon Songezo, Johannesburg

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