UNEMBARGOED: Claim Mandela sold out is easy but ahistorical by Songezo Zibi (BDlive), 07 December 2015

8 December 2015

They were severely tortured.

Weapons and fighters were spirited to the former Transkei, where a homeland dictator friendly to the ANC, Bantu Holomisa, provided them with sanctuary and used state resources to sustain them. Of course, this later became inconvenient to mention as the battle for political power within the ANC resulted in the general’s expulsion from the party.

Cosatu march: For Who, for What? by BC Simelane and G Nicolson (Daily Maverick), South Africa

8 December 2015

Almost everything and everyone, it turns out. If last week's anti-corruption march had a vague focus, Cosatu's national strike on Wednesday included something for everyone. The demands however aren't the point. It was an attempt to foster unity while the federation is fractured, a search for relevance while Cosatu is under unprecedented pressure. By BHEKI C. SIMELANE & GREG NICOLSON.

EFF’s Dali Mpofu: Changing the Constitution. Tackling inequality, poverty by Tim Modise (BizNews), 30 October 2015

5 November 2015

Advocate Dali Mpofu says the huge turnout at the march organised by the EFF demonstrates that South Africans are fed up with the current economic structure of the country. The march took place in Johannesburg where the 50,000 demonstrators presented memoranda to the Reserve Bank, Chamber of Mines and the JSE. He says the EFF is opposed to the entrenchment of inequality and poverty levels in society and will change the constitution to revoke the property clauses.

How state can fund higher education by Patrick Bond (The Mercury), 28 October 2015

29 October 2015

There’s plenty of money for students – and other poor South Africans – if we reprioritise

HOW to make good on the zero percent university fee increase committed to by President Jacob Zuma after the courageous student protests last week at the Union Buildings, ANC headquarters and Parliament?

This data confirms South Africa’s ruling party initially ignored mass protests by Daniel de Kadt (Washington Post), 23 October 2015

23 October 2015

Kim Yi Dionne: This guest post is from Daniel de Kadt, a Ph.D. student in political science at MIT.

Thousands of protesters took to the streets this week in South Africa, most of them students demonstrating against the rising costs of attending public universities, which effectively limits access to higher education by class and race.

Fees Must Fall: Political failure triggers ticking time bomb by Ranjeni Munusamy (Daily Maverick), 21 October 2015, South Africa

21 October 2015

If only Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene had a “good story to tell” when he delivers the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on Wednesday afternoon. If only that story was that economic growth is up, the deficit is down and government is able to allocate extra funding to universities and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. Perhaps then the genie could go back in the bottle. But there is no good story and a contagion on student protests has built towards a national shutdown of higher education institutions around the country.

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