#FeesMustFall: A revolution hijacked?

2015-10-28 07:26

Recently a fellow blogger @ZareefSMB posted the following article in which he shared something written by Paul Kaseke Snr (lecturer at Wits) a man who inspires me a lot because of his well rounded nature and also his love for God.

When Paul had written the post I shared it on my Facebook timeline and had considered sharing it on this platform as well, but ended up not doing so. Yesterday evening I came across another post which he wrote and this time around thought to not just share it on my timeline but here as well. I will not add anything to this as he echoes my sentiments.

Paul Kaseke Snr writes;

Unless there are further changes after this post , this should be my last post on the FeesMustFall campaign and I would like to part with a few thoughts.

1. Revolutions must at all times have a definitive cause and course of action because failing this there is division , confusion and resultant anarchy through such confusion.

2. There is a need to know which tool to use for which war and to know when to retire one arm of the war. For the first bit of the struggle (the no increment bit) the protest achieved the desired result in a short space of time but the second stage required a sit down with management to resolve the outsourcing challenges. This is not to say that one is a lesser war than the other , it's called the art of war. The idea is to weaken your enemy until your enemy concedes defeat and wants to negotiate.

At some point , there has to be negotiation and not simply protest. The right to protest is a very powerful tool that if misused and misunderstood can be rendered useless. This is how it works : It is a bulldozing machine that breaks through a wall for elephants to pass through the wall. Now once the wall is broken through , there is no need to keep breaking down a wall that does not exist anymore. The first elephant went through because of the first breakdown logically the second , third and fourth can also make it through the same entrance that has been created.

Strikes and protests when successful, create the perfect entrance that bring management to discuss . Once the entrance has been created there is no need(at least then) to keep using the strike . All that needs to happen is for negotiations to continue .

3. The leaders of the revolution must be transparent with their motives but more importantly, must listen to their constituents because a revolution that has a small support base will be crushed either by will of the majority or by non support. Revolutions led by a majority will not only be successful but sustainable and the opposite is true of revolutions by small groups.

4. Outsiders to the system ( in this case politicians and political parties ) must stay out . The hijacking of a student movement to achieve political mileage and prove a point to opponents is dirty below the belt politics, manipulative , shallow and twisted on so many levels.

5. Student movements must remain exactly that:, student driven , student focused and student determined. The appearance of party regalia and symbols is a foretaste of defeat and should never be allowed in future.

6. In fact student politics in universities must get so removed from political parties that it seems students live in a world of their own. People must be voted in on merit not on political affiliation . To choose the latter is to allow mediocrity of student politics because ideological frameworks are imposed on them and they don't formulate their own ideologies or policies without interference. To empower students , students must chart their own course without mother bodies interfering .

7. Violence and active intimidation warrant no constitutional protection and delegitimize the struggle and so do racist , sexist and xenophobic acts from those steering the ship. Wherever these acts may be found , surely a dangerous trajectory follows and should be rejected immediately. Well done to those student bodies that carried out peaceful protest!

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