Makhaya asserts students are rising up against academic institutions that do not reflect their values, heritage and aspirations.
They are calling for transformation of curricula to reflect African and other marginalised scholarship, a more diverse teaching staff and an inclusive institutional culture.
We want your take on student politics, past and present, and its place in broader discussions on transformation and learning. For example:
- Are South African campuses too political, or not political enough?
- What’s your view on the Rhodes Must Fall campaign? Does it signal a rise in student activism?
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The #eNCAlive debate will include comment from Thabi Leoka, an economist, social activist, humanist and feminist and Mcebi Dlamini, Student Representative Council President at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).
“We also ask if this spate of consciousness is new in post-apartheid South Africa, or if other post-1994 generations of students have tried to raise similar issues in their own way,” says Makhaya.
Recently, a campaign run by students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) resulted in the removal of a statue of Cecil John Rhodes.
It began with a small group of students, including Chumani Maxwele, who threw excrement on the statue. Weeks of campus debates, sit-ins and heated argument followed.
After a university council vote on the matter, a crowd including many students gathered and cheered as workers remove the statue from its plinth on April 9, 2015.
UCT’s SRC President Rambabina Mahapa told eNCA’s Lester Kiewit the statue's removal was part of a broader transformation campaign at the university.
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