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Historical perspective of the role of the youth in the liberation struggle and current decolonisation of tertiary education and #FeesMustFall struggles

12 June 2018
12:30 - 14:00

Dr Gregory Houston, Samela Mtyingizane and Promise Raseala, DGSD, HSRC

Professor Narnia Bohler-Muller, Executive Director, DGSD, HSRC

Date: 12 June 2018   
Time: 12:30 – 14:00 
Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town

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The month of June is celebrated as Youth Month in South Africa in recognition of events that took a dramatic turn in Soweto, Johannesburg, on the 16th June 1976. The 1976 Soweto Uprising, like the Sharpeville Massacre of March 1960, is regarded as a turning point in South Africa.

These and many more protests and processes were fundamental to the eventual change from apartheid rule to democratic rule. Youth Month thus serves not only as a reminder of the role of the youth in the liberation struggle, but of the critical importance of young people as agents of change.

This three part seminar focuses on 1) a historical perspective of the role of youth in South Africa’s liberation struggle, 2) Decolonizing education and 3) Modern day youth/student protests such as the #FeesMustFall Movement.

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Contact: Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail:

Cape Town: HSRC, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town. Contact: Carmen Erasmus, Tel: (021) 466 7827, e-mail:

Durban:  The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001. Contact: Ridhwaan Khan, Tel: (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786, e-mail:

The HSRC seminar series 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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