Explanation of the terms used in the Constitution.
- SASCO shall mean the South African Students’ Congress
- NC shall mean the National Congress
- NGC shall mean the National General Council
- NEC shall mean the National Executive Committee
- NWC shall mean the National Working Committee
- PC shall mean the Provincial Congress
- PGC shall mean the Provincial General Council
- PEC shall mean the Provincial Executive Committee
- PWC shall mean the Provincial Working Committee
- RC shall mean the Regional Congress
- REC shall mean the Regional Executive Committee
- AGM shall mean Annual General Meeting
- BEC shall mean the Branch Executive Committee
- BGM shall mean the Branch General Meeting
- Ex officio member shall mean a member without voting powers
- Simple majority shall mean fifty plus one
- One third majority shall mean 33%
- Two thirds majority shall mean 66%
- Absolute majority shall mean two third majorities
- IEC shall mean the Independent Electoral CommissionÂ
- SASCO member shall mean any registered student who has paid the subscription feeÂ
- Delegate shall mean any person who is having voting powers.
South African Students Congress
Code of Conduct
Annexure to the Constitution
- SASCO is an independent student organisation of South Africa pursuing tertiary education and further education and training transformation, in order to meet its aims and objectives, all its members have voluntarily joined accepting its common discipline,
- The basic rights and duties of all members are therefore set out in the Constitution,
- This document must therefore be seen as complementing and reinforcing rather than replacing or modifying the fundamental principles of the organisation as stated in the Constitution,
- The Code of Conduct seeks to create our own standards based on the traditions of our struggle in line with our strategic objectives and convictions,
- This is a document which by its nature needs to be studied and understood by the whole membership, for in last resort, it is higher political consciousness and the voluntary assumption of rights and duties by the members, which lies at the heart of the discipline of our members and Cadres.
- Objectives of the Code of Conduct
- Promote and protect the principles of the Organisation
- Promote and defend the rights of SASCO members
- Ensure the creation of a just and fair procedure for members
- Afford an opportunity for members to defend themselves
- Ensure that every member ofSASCO is presumed innocent until proven guilty
- Classification of offences
3.1. Grave offences against the organisation
- Any offence aimed at destroying the integrity of the organisation, its personnel, property, or its fighting capacity, shall be considered a grave offence.
- A grave offence shall be committed by a person who inter alia:
3.2. With intent to destroy the integrity of the organisation, its personnel, property or its fighting capacity:
- Sabotages the activities of the organisation,
- Creates divisions within the ranks of the organisation,
- Impair its proper functioning,
- Attacks or threatens to attack or put in jeopardy its personnel, property, and programmes,
- Does any thing or act in a calculated manner deemed to undermine its effectiveness as an organisation,
- Sexual Violence.
2.3 Infiltrate the organisation acting on behalf or in collaboration with:
- Other organisations, groups or person hostile to the policies and principles of SASCO,
- Any person or group who wishes to destroy the organisation or prevent it from fulfilling its set aims and objectives.
- Serious Offences
- Any violation of the principles of the organization and standards of behaviour expected of members, which seriously threatens the safety, property, good name of SASCO or which impedes its functions, or which relates or is calculated to create disunity and demoralization amongst its members, shall be considered a serious offence.
- Such Offences shall include:
- Acting in a manner that exposes members to serious harm or death,
- Deliberately destroying the property of the organisation or recklessly exposing it to danger,
- Behaving dishonestly in respect of the property of the organisation,
- Carelessly passing information that may be of substantial use to the opponents of the organisation,
- Accepting or seeking to accept any illicit reward for performing or not performing any task(s) on behalf of the organisation,
- Abusing office by using one position to obtain material or sexual favours or other undue advantages from members or other persons,
- Fighting or behaving in a grossly disorderly or unruly manner,
- Dealing in and consuming drugs,
- Persistently sowing racial, tribalism, regionalism and sexism in the organisation,
- Behaving in such a way as to provide serious divisions and a break down of unity in the organisation,
- Sexually assaulting or in any other way seriously offending the dignity of members,
- Persistently and without cause undermining the respect for or impeding the functioning of the structures of the organisation,
- Engaging in organized factional activity that goes outside the recognized norms of free debate in a manner that threatens the unity of the organisation
- Violations of Discipline
- Any person who acts in a un comradely fashion or manner and breaches the standard of conduct normally expected of members, and whose behaviour is not so serious to constitute a grave offence, shall be guilty of violation of discipline,
- In addition to all the forms of misconduct mentioned in this code of conduct and other official documents of the organisation, violation of discipline shall include:
- Rowdy and aggressive behaviour,
- Abusive and disrespectful behaviour to other comrades,
- Gossiping maliciously to set comrades against each other,
- Carelessness in relation to the property of the organisation,
- Interfering and disrupting the orderly functioning of the organisation
- Any negligent behaviour that harms or threatens to harm the organisation and or its members
- General Guiding Principles for Classifying Offences and Violations of the Code of Conduct:
- The difference between a grave offence and serious offence lie in the degree to which the offender(s) conduct is directed towards destroying, subverting, neutralizing the effectiveness of the organisation,
- The difference between a serious offence and a violation of discipline lie in the degree of intent of the offender, the extent of the actual and or potential harm to the organisation, the extent of the repetition and what would normally be regarded as a breach of discipline.
- Schedule of Penalties
- Should one be found guilty of a grave or serious offence or violation of discipline, the following shall be the sentences available;
- Re deployment,
- Temporary forfeiture of membership rights,
- Disciplinary Procedure
- Adjudicating Bodies
- A complainant shall lay a charge in writing with the Secretary of the Branch, who shall bring such a complaint to the attention of the BEC.
- The BEC shall after reading such a complaint decide whether to refer the issue to the Branch Disciplinary Committee or not.
- The Disciplinary Committee shall in writing notify the respondent about the complaint raised against him/her.
- The Disciplinary Committee shall in writing notify all the parties involved about the date, venue and time of the hearing.
- After hearing all the parties involved and or interacting with whatever evidence, the Disciplinary Committee shall recommend to the BEC on the penalty to be delivered.
- The BEC shall by simple majority of its BEC members take or reject the Disciplinary Committee’s recommendations. In case of a rejection the BEC must in writing provide reasons for such a rejection to the Disciplinary Committee.
- In case the BEC takes or adopt such recommendations, the issue shall be referred to the Branch General Meeting for ratification. In case the recommendation involves expulsion, the issue shall be referred to the National Congress.
- The executive committee of a branch shall appoint a Disciplinary committee of five, which shall be chaired by the Deputy Chairperson of the Branch. Three of the five must be none BEC membersÂ Â
- The PEC or NEC shall during the provincial or National Congress or Council constitute a Disciplinary Committee, which shall adjudicate matters arising during the meeting.
- When a member is suspended, the organ suspending him/her shall state the period, which shall not exceed one month and conditions of such suspension,
- In respect of serious offences, the period of suspension shall not exceed two months.
Reprimand shall be in public (in the presence of as many fellow members) here the organisations media apparatus shall be utilized if necessary or and appropriate. The objective of a reprimand shall not be to humiliate the person concern, but to remind him/her and the whole membership of the standards expected of members, and to reinforce a sense of unity and shared values in the organisation.
A member who holds a position of responsibility in the organisation will be demoted if the continued holding of the position is indefensible owing to the conduct or failure to act or is in explicable or embarrassing because of a particular transgression.
- Recommendations for Expulsion
A recommendation for expulsion for an offence classified as grave or serious lies within the power of the adjudicating body, but is to be ratified by National Congress
- Right of Appeal
An accused or member who has been found guilty of a particular offence shall have a right of appeal to a senior organ. The National executive Committee shall be the Supreme Appeal Body in between Congresses. In case of the accused being an NEC member the Supreme Appellate Body in between Congresses shall be the National General Council.
- The Branch Structure and its Powers over Violations of Discipline
The Branch Executive Committee shall be competent to deal with all categories of misconduct and impose appropriate penalties prescribed in this Code of Conduct with the exclusion of the penalties, which would amount to expulsion.