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The heart versus the mind: How university students construct political party support in South Africa

28 June 2018
12:30 - 14:00

Professor Joleen Steyn Kotze , DGSD, HSRC


Dr Yul Derek Davids, DGSD, HSRC

Date: 28 June 2018    Time: 12:30 – 14:00  Venues: Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town

Presentation is available for download below:

Under the #FeesMustFall student movement in South Africa, clarion calls for free higher education, and decolonising universities that perpetuate “apartheid culture” at the cost of an African intellectual project; issues of psychological, social, cultural and economic domination that continue to repress the black psyche, sounded as students protested against their continued race-based oppression and marginalisation.

At the heart of their narrative are two themes: lack of inclusiveness in a democratic context vis-à-vis continued apartheid oppression under the banner of economic marginalisation and exclusion, and white privilege. It is in this context that this seminar engages the political perceptions of students when casting their vote. Of particular interest are narratives that shape political party support as well as whether students as a future middle class share the same values of the political parties they claim to support. Thus, the perceptions that shape party support for students is important for future political and economic development.

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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