Anarchy in South Africa as #FeesMustFall student protests continue


Students are throwing stones and police are firing tear gas and plastic bullets, but when will this be resolved?

When social injustice has stripped you of your dignity, you are already naked.

This statement is just one of many circulating around twitter this week alongside photographs of women protesting topless for free education.

Another wave of violent demonstrations commenced as university students push for free college fee’s in South Africa.

Violent protests have already resulted in a number of arrests and injuries including a South African priest who was accidentally shot in the face with a rubber bullet.

The worst of the protests are taking place at the University of Witwatersran in Johannesburg, where police and students are both resorting to violent measures.

Students have reportedly been throwing stones and police have responded by using tear gas and rubber bullets.

Incidents are also occurring in campuses nationwide including the University of Cape Town and the University of Pretoria.

The #FeesMustFall movement are showing no signs of stopping and have held a number of demonstrations since they emerged this time last year.

The protest is the biggest student protest to hit the country since the end of apartheid in 1994.

The issue sparked in October 2015 when institutions proposed they wanted to increase university fees by 10-12%. Students were outraged, arguing that increases in fees were discrimination as many black students who are from low income households will be robbed of the opportunity to study.

Demonstrations last year led to the university freezing fees for a year and students were content. The uproar has now begun again after government officials are now proposing another 8% increase in university fees.

The huge protests have gained the governments attention with President Zuma stating he is going to set up a fees commission to see if South Africa really can afford free education. Findings are set to be published in April 2017. In the mean time, Zuma asks for

Calm and restraint at all higher education institution campuses in the country.