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1968 in South Africa: Can Students Bring Change?

November 06, 2015
Author: Arnold Wehmhoerner

On October 23rd 2015, the events in and outside South Africa’s parliament were symbolic for the country’s political and economic state. Outside parliament students were demonstrating against the proposed hikes in university fees (#FeesMustFall) and had to be prevented by stun grenades from storming the building. In times of political uncertainty like today in South Africa, its students - encouraged by their successful protest campaigns - may be able to play a catalytic role in pointing out the failures and mistakes of government, the extent to which corruption has spread and how the policy of vested interests damages the well-being of the nation.

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