The Racial And Generational Politics Behind South Africa’s #FeesMustFall Protests

i recently wrote about South Africa's recent student protests for Okayafrica.

Nelson Mandela famously said, “Education is the most powerful tool we have to change the world.” But he also urged a newly independent South Africa to recall, “if the ANC does to you what the apartheid government did to you, then you must do to the ANC what you did to the apartheid government.”

Last week’s images of South African students squaring off against police have brought Mandela’s famous edict to the forefront and, for many South Africans, prompted memories of 1976, the year of the infamous Soweto uprising.

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