’TIS the season to be... not jolly, but for students to protest, it seems.
During the past year Rhodes, UCT, Stellenbosch, Elsenburg, Potchefstroom and now Wits have been rocked by student protests. The students have protested against almost everything under the sun – against racism, Afrikaans, imperialist statues, what they perceive to be a colonialist culture, rises in fees, you name it.
The worst hit was Wits, where students just about took vice-chancellor Adam Habib and some of his senior staff hostage. They forced him to turn back an increase of 10.5% in student fees, pending a re-examination of the measure.