Awhole lot of books, films and plays will be coming our way that deal with the ongoing #FeesMustFall protests, which ignited on campuses across the country in October 2015. Tensions regarding fees had simmered for years, before finally erupting into this powerful student movement.
While Jane Duncan’s recent work, Protest Nation, paints the big picture, the first thorough analysis of the student uprising has appeared in a new book from Wits University Press. Called Fees Must Fall – Student Revolt, Decolonisation and Governance in South Africa, it is edited by Susan Booysen and features an exciting line-up of students and lecturers giving expression to their experience. Writers analyse the 2015 protests to determine their effect on governance and universities.
To launch the book, City Press has partnered with Wits University Press to present a panel discussion and public debate on the subject.
The student revolt, say the publishers, “was an uprising against lack of access to, and financial exclusion from, higher education in South Africa. More broadly, it radically questioned the sociopolitical dispensation resulting from the 1994 social pact between big business, the ruling elite and the liberation movement.
“The 2015 revolt links to national and international youth struggles of the recent past, and is informed by black consciousness politics and social movements of the international left. Yet its objectives are more complex than those of earlier struggles.”
City Press readers are invited to attend the discussion, which will be moderated by our lifestyle editor and columnist Gugulethu Mhlungu.
Although the names of the panellists have yet to be confirmed, they will be drawn from the book’s contributors, namely: Gillian Godsell, Rekgotsofetse Chikane, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Refiloe Lepere, Swankie Mafoko, David Everatt, Lynn Hewlett, Nomagugu Mukadah, Koffi Kouakou, Horacio Zandamela, William Gumede, Patrick Bond, Vishwas Satgar, Patrick Fitzgerald, Oliver Seale, Pundy Pillay, Darlene Miller, Thaddeus Metz and Omhle Ntshingila.
The one contributor we can confirm will be on the panel is Booysen, who is professor at the Wits School of Governance and author of Dominance and Decline: The ANC in the Time of Zuma.
“Fees Must Fall maps the contours of student discontent a year after the start of the #FeesMustFall revolt. Student voices dissect coloniality, improper compromises by the founders of democratic South Africa, feminism, worker rights and meaningful education,” say the publishers.
See you there.