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HTS Theological Studies

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GRASSOW, Lisa  and  LE BRUYNS, Clint. Embodying human rights in #FeesMustFall? Contributions from an indecent theology. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2017, vol.73, n.3, pp.1-9. ISSN 2072-8050.

This article focuses on the #FeesMustFall (FMF) movement and the question of a human rights culture. It provides evidence from the specific context of FMF at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, which exposes human rights abuses and violence to the dignity of protesting students. To advance a human rights culture within the higher education sector in the context of FMF, the article highlights the role of theology - 'indecent theology' (as espoused by Marcella Althaus-Reid) - in revealing the problem and promise of higher education institutions in the quest for a more liberating and responsible society. It is only through interrogating the narratives that sustain the current university structures - and continue to oppress the poor and the marginalised - that South Africa will be able to begin to construct a society that is respective of the rights of all.

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