Lynsey Chutel | Want to silence young Africans and hold on to power? Shut off the internet

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Colani Khulekani Maseko leads the Swaziland National Students' Union in protest.
Colani Khulekani Maseko leads the Swaziland National Students' Union in protest.
PHOTO: Colani Khulekani Maseko/Swaziland National

Internet shutdowns may the new favourite tool of repressive governments in Africa, but they will only exacerbate rebellion and unrest, writes Lynsey Chutel.

If real change is to come to the African continent, it will be carried in on the protests of young people. It will be tweeted, tik-tocked, beamed to the world via Instagram live and organised via WhatsApp. 

That is unless a repressive government cuts the internet. 

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