Students have wings clipped on pigs

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An ongoing balegan caused by the Congress of South African Students in the Western Cape placing of pigs’ heads in Woolworths’ stores – leading to BDS, the ANC and others disassociating themselves from the student organisation; and the SAJBD laying hate speech charges with the SAHRC – a high level delegation from BDS-SA has met with the leadership of the Western Cape branch of COSAS last week. The meeting, facilitated by ANCYL, clipped the students' wings with regard to using offensive pigs' heads to bring attention to themselves.
by ANT KATZ | Nov 11, 2014

The meeting was facilitated by the Western Cape branch of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL).

Following this meeting and intervention by BDS-SA, COSAS Western Cape “has resolved to suspend the placing of pigs in various Woolworths’ stores but will continue advancing the #BoycottWoolworths campaign”, said COSAS in a media statement.

UJW MitzvahDay FULL STRIPThe students noted that they were also “adamant that they might reactivate the pigs head initiative if the bosses of Woolworths don’t end their relations with Israel”.

In a joint media statement by BDS-SA, ANCYL-WC and COSAS-WC, it was noted by the COSAS-WC PEC that “the #BoycottWoolworths Cosas Pig head initiative was militant, radical and that COSAS-WC does not believe that the media fairly covered their actions”.

COSAS are also “extremely angry at the attitude of the pig-headed Woolworths management”, and that their “logic behind the pig head initiative was not against particular people” - but rather an initiative against Woolworths.

While the students insisted that they “are an autonomous organisation” they expressed “huge respect” for ANCYL and BDS-SA. Their efforts, said the students, were motivated by “revolutionary love for Palestine”.

Respecting their elders

Out of “respect for BDS-SA”, said COSAS they would “postpone their Woolworths pig heads initiative, but reserved the right to resume it if Woolworths does not withdraw their trade from Israel. This will be evaluated on November 26 at the upcoming Woolworths AGM” they say, where they intend to “mobilise COSAS masses to support a protest” outside the AGM.

Woolies boycott SeptThe students insisted that they remained “unapologetic but disciplined in their activism and campaign against the Woolworths pigheaded management”.

The BDS-SA delegation said that they “recognised that the COSAS Pig Head initiative was intended to support the #BoycottWoolworths campaign”, but felt concerned about “the pig head initiative” and viewed it as troublesome and that it was “threatening to marginalise supporters of the #BoycottWoolworths campaign”.

BDS also noted that that the students had helped place great pressure on Woolworths which, cooed BDS, “seems to squirming under pressure”. But, said BDS, “the pig head initiative should be stopped” and “other militant, but less offensive ways of supporting the #BoycottWoolworths campaign” could be pursued.

BDS-SA said it remained “hopeful that a major shareholder in Woolworths, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) would meet with BDS-SA and support the call for Woolworths to end its trading with Israel”.

COSAS, ANCYL and BDS jointly undertook in the meeting to, among other things, organise a major protest outside Woolworths offices during their upcoming AGM; request the ANC to ensure that the PIC demand that Woolworths terminate its relations with Israel, failing which the ANC should ask the PIC to withdraw as a shareholder.

BDS-SA felt that the focus should not be on the COSAS students, as it had been, but on the management of Woolworths “who are refusing to be on the right side of history”.

BDS blames “the increasing protests and boycott” against Woolies on “the arrogant refusal of Woolworths to meet with BDS-SA”.

Previously published on SAJR.CO.ZA




  1. 4 Denis Solomons 12 Nov
    If wishes were horses pigs would fly !
  2. 3 Denis Solomons 12 Nov
    Correction ;  " if wishes were horses beggars would fly ! "
  3. 2 Jp 12 Nov
    Its a laugh how BDS are trying to make themselves look comparatively good, aren't they just as militant? To me BDS act as if they the propaganda wing for Hamas.
  4. 1 nat cheiman 13 Nov
    That education in this country is wanting is evident by
    these moronic actions .
    What on earth are these students studying and what are they hoping to become?.
    The one fella looks as intelligent as Zuma.


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