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South African Journal of Education

On-line version ISSN 2076-3433
Print version ISSN 0256-0100

Abstract

STUURMAN, Sonwabo. Student activism in a time of crisis in South Africa: The quest for 'black power'. S. Afr. j. educ. [online]. 2018, vol.38, n.4, pp.1-8. ISSN 2076-3433.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15700/saje.v38n4a1704.

Higher Education in South Africa has been in crisis over recent years. University systems in many parts of South Africa have witnessed student protest, as well as ongoing violence, resulting in many campuses turning into spaces of violent confrontation between students and police. This paper examines student social activism in the higher education sector in South Africa, especially the Nelson Mandela University, as well as the patterns that exist and frame student social activism in pursuit of 'black power.' Furthermore, the paper notes the strong sense of solidarity and unity amongst students, despite these existent challenges. The paper will also present a historical analysis of student activism in South Africa with the aim of demonstrating the longstanding and persistent student politics as well as the student dissatisfaction with, the way in which the higher education has been governed in South Africa.

Keywords : black power; higher education; representation; student activism.

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