It has been one year since students shook up the establishment and called for "fees to fall", and now we find ourselves once again facing a violent confrontation between students, the university establishment and the government. Underpinning this violence and anger has been the inequality and lack of capacity of the state to provide financial resources and opportunities.
At the Nelson Mandela Foundation we have engaged with both students and university administrators during this difficult time. We have worked with concerned citizens and civil society to intervene when violence erupts at universities. We remain willing to intervene, contribute, collaborate and support when necessary to create a safe space for dialogue.