Economic inequalities, race disparities fuelling varsity riots in South Africa
Monday November 21 2016
Students from the University of Johannesburg clash with campus security officers, as they attempt to enter inside the university, on October 22, 2015 during a protest against university fee hikes. AFP PHOTO | MUJAHID SAFODIEN
Protester's have voiced their demands to university councils, ANC’s headquarters, parliament and the president’s office. However, some of the rioters have destroyed property and torched cars.
The student leaders say the protests stem from poverty and inequality. This twin problem has persisted since the end of apartheid. This is an issue that President Jacob Zuma and opposition leaders, even the liberal right, agree on.
The student protests are fuelled by the demand to end the “commodification” and “commercialisation” of education in the country. “We cannot protest every year for a moratorium, there needs to be a greater structural solution to the crisis of higher education,” said the Wits University student council in a statement.