How the ongoing #Feesmustfall protests affect the future of higher education

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande met with student leaders of various universities on Thursday to discuss their concerns about university fees .

However, some student leaders walked out of the meeting with the Minister saying ‘it’s a waste of time’.

CapeTalk’s John Maytham spoke to Dr Victoria Collis-Buthelezi, UCT English Lecturer & Co-Founder of Diaspora Working Group about how the ongoing protests could possibly affect higher education.

Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show:

If we look at protests actions historically, often than not the focus is on the minority

Dr Victoria Collis-Buthelezi, UCT English Lecturer & Co-Founder of Diaspora Working Group

I think we have run the risk in South Africa of attempting to demonise and minimise the views of the students who are protesting

Dr Victoria Collis-Buthelezi, UCT English Lecturer & Co-Founder of Diaspora Working Group

These are often students who in the next 10 to 15 years will be in the academia…

Dr Victoria Collis-Buthelezi, UCT English Lecturer & Co-Founder of Diaspora Working Group

We need to think about the conversation they are tempting to bring us into, in terms of the future of higher education in South Africa

Dr Victoria Collis-Buthelezi, UCT English Lecturer & Co-Founder of Diaspora Working Group

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