Late on Sunday 18 October, a few students of Rhodes University took the initiative of barricading the University in anticipation of the #feesmustfall movement, which would prove to be a national protest. Throughout the week, dedicated students and supporters of the movement protested the high cost of tertiary education in South Africa. On Friday 23 October, President Jacob Zuma announced that there would be a 0% increase in fees for 2016. The news resulted in emotional yet joyous celebrations to break out at what is now fondly referred to as “purple fee square” on campus. While the fight for access to education continues, this victory deserves recognition. Megan Whittington has compiled new media in order to review some of this week’s events.
Filming: Megan Whittington and Luyanda Mahlinza. Produced by: Heather Cameron, Brad Dennett and Megan Whittington. Edited by: Brad Dennett.
A huge thank-you to Muthoni Mundia and Greg Roxburgh for supplying photos to Embizweni this week. And to Brad Dennett for assisting with video material.
Also, thank-you to our team who managed to report on and participate in this extremely important movement.
Perhaps the biggest thanks is owed to two of our members, Zintle Dolweni and Thabile Vilakazi for the essential part they played in making #feesmustfall a success at Rhodes.