The following lessons of the 2015 student protests need to be learnt
Avoid racial essentialism and racism, and challenge it whenever it rears its head. It delegitimises the cause and undermines the unity in action required for success.
Avoid public violence and the violation of the rights of others on principle, and because it undermines public support for the cause and provokes a securocratic response from the state.
Recognise that successful social action requires both public action and institutional engagement. Each is necessary if progressive outcomes are to be realised – and the fear of leadership co-option must not lead one to avoid the latter.
Recognise that progressive outcomes will entail trade-offs. Ensure that such trade-offs are part of a public deliberation, and not the preserve of a narrow political and institutional elite.