Statement on the passing of Cde Sindiso Magaqa The Congress of
South African Students joins the nation in mourning the passing
of Cde Magaqa. His passing comes as a shattering shock through
the nation and more to young people of South Africa.
This is so because of the bench mark cde Magaqa has set for
us as comrades in the revolution for free education and economic
freedom. Cde Magaqa was indeed what we aspire to become as
members and leaders within the ranks of the MDM structures.
As representatives of learners of South Africa, we are proud to
reference Cde Magaqa to our constituency as a good reflection
of what we need to grow into as comrades and young people
in the revolution; a dedicated, hardworking, courageous and honest
leader he was.
It saddens us more that his passing occurs at the peak of
problems in our movement, whence we need leaders with qualities
such as those he possessed to drive the revolution out of the
current crisis it is in; where we have lost confidence of our
people because they need real change and real change now in
the politics of the economy and academics.
Cde Magaqa started his political activism at a very young age
having led COSAS in Ibiza Secondary School in Umzimkhulu. As
the current generation of COSAS we are proud to have such a
leader in the history books of our organization, he will
remain an icon of our movement and we mark his passing with a
commitment to champion the young people of South Africa in
classrooms and in the general society through advancing the
revolution for free education and economic freedom with honesty,
unity and hard work which in his life of activism he has
Tragic moments like these call to us as comrades to remember that we are
servants, only here to give our contributions to the nation
and then pass, therefore this passing also serves as a wakeup
call for us to realise that our individual battles with one
another and greed for power is the greatest calamity that our
movement is facing as these battles play no significant role
to our people in creating a better life for all. Because of
this, we find ourselves robbed of great potential and capacity
at the hands of murderers with political motives.
As COSAS we then call upon leaders and members of the ANC
and the MDM structures to put their differences aside and
unite with the cause to give only the best to our people in
the struggle for free education and economic freedom.
As COSAS we would like to pass our most heartfelt condolences
to the family of Magaqa, we sympathise with you as the nation
mourns with you in this hour, we also call upon the police
to ensure that justice is served, however the real justice is
for us as comrades to fulfill our commitment to our people, of
which this commitment is the same one that cde magaqa gave his
last breath living up to.
ON THE STATEMENT OF COSAS GREATER JHB
The NEC of COSAS distances itself and equally rebukes the REC
of COSAS Johannesburg for the statement the REC released on
the 5th of September 2017 on the passing of Cde Sindiso
Magaqa in which the it also denounced the current president of
the Youth league Cde Collen Maine.
The NEC has noted this statement with disappointment given the
nature of its presentation and the NEC will be taking
disciplinary measures against the REC of Johannesburg.
Issued by the Congress of South African Students National office.
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Secretary General Siyabonga Mobokazi
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