Students Becoming New Democratic Citizen

If one tracks South African student activities in 2015, it becomes apparent that a new politics is bubbling below the surface of academic life, argues Kotze

According to Joleen Steyn Kotze, if one tracks South African student activities in 2015, it becomes apparent that a new politics is bubbling below the surface of academic life.

Kotze states that this first emerged with the #RhodesMustFall and #OpenStellenbosch protests, followed more recently by #FeesMustFall, adding that, “The underlying issues driving this movement are about citizenship, belonging, inclusion and exclusion.”

She says that students have shown the potential of mass mobilisation to influence policy in advancing justice for their constitutional democratic rights and also held the state accountable for the promise of free higher education.

To read the article titled, “University students are becoming a new kind of democratic citizen,” click here.

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All Africa

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