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#FeesMustFall and the Advancement of Social Justice

30 May 2019
12:30 - 14:00

HSRC Seminar series

Speaker: Professor Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of the Witwatersrand
Chair: Prof. Mia Swart, DGSD, HSRC
Date: 30 May 2019
Time: 12h30  – 14:00
Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town (Videoconferencing facilities: see below)

The ‘#RhodesMustFall’ and ‘#FeesMustFall’ protests collectively became the largest student social movement since the dawn of South Africa’s democracy in 1994. The protests emanated from two major challenges facing higher education: alienation and access. The discontents of the students were undeniably legitimate. Yet despite the legitimacy of the demands, these struggles had to be undertaken in a manner that did not undermine universities as safe and free spaces for ideas. But elements of these protests did precisely this and they often turned violent and violated the rights of others. #FeesMustFall provides an important case study on social protests in South Africa, their successes and failures, and the challenges they pose for advancing social justice in our contemporary world.
This seminar will be the third in the DGSD Democracy and Disruption series
This seminar is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST.

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