#FeesMustFall: Understanding the current shitstorm

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Asanda Ngoasheng

Ever since the #FeesMustFall protests started various methods of protest have been used and I have been fielding questions from many friends who ask -  how I can you support #FeesMustFall in all its incarnations including the acts of violence? My answer has been a surprise to many of them. I support the call for free education because people have been patient for more than 30 years and we can't let another generation of youth waste away under the argument that we cannot afford free education.

Students across various campuses have mostly been protesting peacefully but they have also burnt buildings, including libraries, and even threw human faeces at one campus. Most of the confusion from the general population I believe comes from lacking a historical context of the student protests and the long wait and patience that the student body in general has had over the years since the dawn of democracy.

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