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A history of the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS), 1956-1970

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dc.contributor.advisor Mouton, F. A.
dc.contributor.advisor Moodie, T. Dunbar McKay, Clare Elizabeth Anne 2016-04-11T10:34:34Z 2016-04-11T10:34:34Z 2015-08
dc.identifier.citation McKay, Clare Elizabeth Anne (2015) A history of the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS), 1956-1970, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The aim of the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) was to represent the interests of all South African students nationally and internationally. The challenge then to the liberal NUSAS leadership was how to meet the demands of black students for a politically relevant policy while simultaneously retaining the loyalty of its white middle class and often conservative membership. In 1957, the black University College of Fort Hare returned to NUSAS to participate in the national union’s campaign against the imposition of apartheid on the universities. Consequently, NUSAS adopted the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the foundation of its policy. Sharpeville and the increasing number of black students associated with NUSAS contributed to the further politicisation and leftward movement of the national union. The emergence of two new exclusively African student organisations together with the decision of a student seminar in Dar es Salaam that NUSAS be barred from all international student forums as its demographics precluded it from representing the aspirations of the black majority was the pretext for a far-reaching interrogation of NUSAS’s structure and functioning. Henceforward NUSAS would play a ‘radical role’ in society. This played into the hands of the government and its proxies, the new conservative students associations which sought to slice away NUSAS’s moderate to conservative white membership. The arrest of current and former NUSAS officers implicated in sabotage provided more grist to the right wing mill. In an attempt to manage this most serious crisis, as well as to continue functioning in the increasingly authoritarian and almost wholly segregated milieu of the mid-1960s, NUSAS abandoned its ‘radical role’ and increasingly focussed on university and educational matters. Nonetheless, the state intensified its campaign to weaken NUSAS. By means of legislation, the utilisation of conservative student structures and the intimidation of university authorities, the government attempted to ensure that segregation was applied at all NUSAS-affiliated universities. It was the application of segregation by cowed university authorities that precipitated the New Left-inspired student protests at NUSAS-affiliated campuses in the late 1960s as well as the establishment of the separate black South African Students Organisation, the latter leading to the exodus of all black students from NUSAS. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (492 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Students en
dc.subject South Africa en
dc.subject National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) en
dc.subject Universities en
dc.subject Ethnic colleges en
dc.subject Academic freedom en
dc.subject University apartheid en
dc.subject Apartheid en
dc.subject Student organisations en
dc.subject Student activism en
dc.subject.ddc 378.68
dc.subject.lcsh National Union of South African Students
dc.subject.lcsh Segregation in higher education -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Student movements -- South Africa -- History
dc.title A history of the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS), 1956-1970 en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department History en D. Litt. et Phil. (History)

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