An opportunity to find a lasting solution to student demands was missed during the protests that led to universities' nationwide shutdown in 2015, writes Sethulego Matebesi.
Unresolved conflict is not only highly destructive but has a nasty way of rearing its head repeatedly.
What follows each episode in the vicious cycle of unresolved conflict are attempts – literally and, at times, deliberately – to peddle promises that are impossible to fulfil. The current student protests in South Africa is an example of a problem that seems impossible to resolve but has simple and obvious solutions. Despite the overwhelming agreement that students' demands – centred mainly on financial aid and academic exclusion – are genuine, finding real solutions seems elusive.