Violence undermines values students are fighting for - Albie Sachs

Retired Constitutional Court judge and activist, Albie Sachs, reflects on the violence which has emanated from the #FeesMustFall student protests.

Violent scenes have marred the protests across the country as students clash with police in their call for free higher education after Minister Blade Nzimande announced that universities could increase 2017 fees by no more than 8%.

Speaking to 702/Cape Talk's Eusebius McKaiser (standing in for Redi Tlhabi), he said that while the movement's cause is "deeply moving", the violence undermines the ideals they are fighting for.

He says:

"We used to say that the doors of learning must remain open, not be burned down and it's distractive of the things they are trying to achieve. It's alienating the support they might get."

There are huge questions about the character of public life, the conduct of public leaders - inside and outside political parties."

Albie Sachs, retired Constitutional Court judge

Sharing his thoughts on developments in the country, Sachs said that the Constitution provides mechanisms that enable South Africans to exercise their rights. Despite attempts to undermine it, he believes the Constitution remains resilient.

With his involvement in the OR Tambo Memorial Lecture taking place on Friday, he said it served as "extra vitality" for people with a strong vision who also wanted to learn about the foundations of putting together South Africa's post-democracy Constitution.

If you did a paternity test on our constitution, who's DNA would come up? I'd say Oliver Tambo.

Albie Sachs, retired Constitutional Court judge

Listen to the this struggle stalwart and founder of the Constitution discussing the current state of #feesmustfall:


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