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South African Youth Revolutionary Council

The South African Youth Revolutionary Council (SAYRCO) was a South African political organization. SAYRCO profiled itself as a 'third force' in the anti-Apartheid struggle.[1] It was associated with the Black Consciousness Movement.[2]

Foundation and exile

The group emerged from the non-Lebanon. SAYRCO called for more offensive forms of armed struggle against the Apartheid regime, criticizing the established anti-Apartheid movements of being too defensive.[5]

Armed struggle

The liberation of [3][4]

Capture of Seatlhoho

On 18 June 1981 South African authorities arrested Seatlhoho and another SAYRCO member, Masabatha Loate. Seatlhoho was caught whilst in a meeting in Orlando East.[3][4] They would be sentenced to ten and five years of imprisonment respectively.[3] Seatlhoho's captured was heavily publicized by the regime, the news was carried in many newspapers.[4] The Daily Telegraph ran a headline saying "The Scarlet Pimpernel of Soweto arrested!".[5] On 21 June 1981 the South African police claimed to have arrested a total of 8 SAYRCO leaders.[6]

Seatlhoho was jailed on [8]


  1. ^ Cooper, Carole, and Muriel Horrell. , 1981Survey of Race Relations in South Africa. Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, 1982. p. 86
  2. ^ Buntman, Fran Lisa. Robben Island and Prisoner Resistance to Apartheid. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2003. p. 109
  3. ^ a b c d e f Ray, Donald I. Dictionary of the African Left: Parties, Movements and Groups. Aldershot, Hants u.a: Dartmouth, 1989. pp. 200–201
  4. ^ a b c d Sisulu, Elinor. Walter & Albertina Sisulu: In Our Lifetime. Claremont, South Africa: David Philip, 2003. p.
  5. ^ a b c Alternatives. In Retrospect: A Look at the 1976 Soweto Uprising
  6. ^ Kalley, Jacqueline A., Elna Schoeman, and Lydia E. Andor. Southern African Political History: A Chronology of Key Political Events from Independence to Mid-1997. Westport, Conn. [u.a.]: Greenwood Press, 1999. p. 467
  7. ^ Buntman, Fran Lisa. Robben Island and Prisoner Resistance to Apartheid. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2003. p. 111
  8. ^ Abegunrin, Olayiwola. Nigerian Foreign Policy Under Military Rule, 1966–1999. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 2003. p. 93
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