Univer­si­ties are so­cial driv­ers

CityPress - - Voices - Michael Pick­stone-Tay­lor via email

Iread “Free­dom in a teacup” (City Press, July 12 2015), by Mil­isuthando Bon­gela, and en­joyed it tremen­dously for its hu­mor­ous but very real de­scrip­tion of the writer’s life.

My take is that all priv­i­leged, think­ing peo­ple in a post­colo­nial South Africa should in­vent a new path.

This could be much closer than presently imag­ined, as a macro-Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) ob­jec­tive for all Western coun­tries with colo­nial ori­gins.

An “African spring” could achieve this in South Africa, and it may hap­pen in the next 12 to 18 months. You may have no­ticed the re­cent RMFin­spired ac­tion in Bos­ton, US, around the Christo­pher Colum­bus statue.

This could serve South Africa, its largely un­trans­formed ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions, gen­eral so­ci­ety, and much of the West as well – and con­trib­ute to a fairer and more pro­duc­tive Western world. I think start­ing with the com­plex is­sue of trans­for­ma­tion at univer­si­ties may ad­dress un­trans­formed so­ci­ety in the quick­est and most thor­ough man­ner.

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