Writer, ANC member, and youth activist Gugu Ndima insists that the fight for free quality tertiary education does not stand in isolation from other socio-economic struggles faced in South Africa.
It's an issue that can't be looked at outside the context of class inequalities and the perennial state of poverty other people find themselves in.— Gugu Ndima, activist
She says that there is a need for a greater political will from all sectors of society, adding that the Fees Commission is not a solution.
According to Ndima, government needs to change the current status quo of the economy to fund tertiary education.
70% of the economy is in private hands... there is a need to radically transform the status quo. We need to say to the private sector that they need to take responsibility in terms of funding.— Gugu Ndima, activist
While she does not support the destruction of university property, Ndima believes that government needs to change their attitude towards student grievances.
On the ANC
One of the #OccupyLuthuliHouse campaign organisers, Ndima explains that she marched on the ANC's headquarters in an effort to change the trajectory of the movement.
An ANC member herself, she says that the ruling party is not immune to the realities of post-liberation politics.
At the moment the ruling party manifests some of these stark realities, of dealing with an ANC post-liberation, within government. But how it asserts and reinvents itself with the current trajectory.— Gugu Ndima, activist
Ndima says that some entitled ANC members are eroding democracy, the vehicle through which the country hopes to achieve economic freedom.
She explains that democracy is a means to an end, and the end (economic emancipation for the majority ) is yet to be realised.
According to Ndima, the ANC needs to do something grand to regain moral currency and the confidence of citizens and members.
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This article first appeared on 702 : Activist Gugu Ndima talks SA's student uprising and ANC's crisis point