Africa Now November 16, 2016
Topic: #FeesMustFall Movement Beyond the Campus
Topic and Guest: The #FeesMustFall Movement in South Africa has for the past year spurred student protests in every major university citing the excessively high rate of tuition fees. On the heels of the #FeesMustFall Movement young girls in Pretoria High School for Girls have protested rules that discriminated against them wearing natural hair styles—as well as the prohibition of using their mother’s tongue. These youth-led initiatives harken back to the Soweto Uprising of June 16 1976. On that date in 1976 40 years ago, students in Soweto, South Africa revolted against apartheid and inferior apartheid education. The uprising spread throughout the country the next several months—security forces killed hundreds revolting but the uprising galvanized the entire anti-apartheid movement. Today Africa Now! focuses on the #FeesMustFall Movement beyond the university campus. Joining Africa Now! to discuss this issue is Ms. Kealeboga Mase Ramaru, organizer with #RhodesMustFall at the University of Cape Town and the Deputy Head for the Western Cape office at Equal Education.
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