As a young journalist who was part of the #FeesMustFall youth movement, I take a look at some of the most important articles to surface since #FeesMustFall emerged in October 2016, in response to a proposed 10.5 percent in tuition fees. Below are nine reads that offer essential insight into the student-led movement.
By Nwabisa Masiza, Babalwa Quma, Anam Joseph, Lucille Dyosi,
I am one of the many students who
By Pierre De Vos Daily Maverick, 26 October 2015“
We live in a violent society. This is not surprising as violence was one of the main instruments through which the colonisers subjugated South Africa’s indigenous population,” writes De Vos in this reflection on the tactics used by the state in its handling of the student protests. It’s a statement that hits home to many black South Africans during apartheid, whose children are being treated in a similar manner 22 years into democracy.
Activist Pakama Ngceni discusses what the #FeesMustFall movement teaches us about racism in this insightful article for Vanguard Magazine.
“Racism in this country determines who has a voice, and who is otherwise constructed as the ‘angry black rabble.’ There is always the perception that protests led by only black activists are essentially violent, and this perception dehumanizes them,” writes Ngceni.
Last November, The Daily Vox’s Lizeka
By Tshireletso Mati Media for Justice, 2 February 2016
Media for Justice’s Tshireletso Mati offers readers the history behind some of South Africa’s most famous protest songs, such as “Solomon” and “Elilizwe lo
By Onele Liwani Live Mag SA, 3 March 2016
Tuition fees aren’t the only issue faced by South Africa’s student communities. Accommodation remains a challenge in universities across the country.
Former Wits SRC presidents Shaeera Kalla and Nompendulo Mkhatshwa emerged as the faces of the #FeesMustFall movement last October. In an interview with Destiny Magazine, Mkhatshwa said the #FeesMustFall movement was actually Kalla’s idea. Here, we get to know this courageous young woman.
In this eye-opening read, Professor Ari Sitas responds to some of the key questions about how free education can
By Leigh-Ann Naidoo, Mondli Hlatswayo, Rasigan Maharajh, Zolisa Marawu. Mail & Guardian, 21 September 2016
Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande’s nonchalant response to the call for free education has been evident since day one. This article from Mail & Guardian looks closely at Nzimande’s lack of concern towards the realisation of free education. The authors also point to the fee commission’s shortcomings and accuse it of being sluggish and unfocused.
This article was originally published on OkayAfrica.