UCT Shutdown

After weeks of boiling tension at UCT, the campus finally shut down due to student uprising, which meant on Friday, Monday and Tuesday. The #FeesMustFall movement began in 2015 and is still going on today. To fully understand the movement there is a lot of background to be considered. Like universities in the U.S, tuition gets raised every year, at an exponential level. More than half of the South African population lives below the poverty line, and these numbers are continuing to rise. The South African Constitution grants every citizen the right to seek higher education. But how is that possible when students cannot pay tuition? Recently UCT announced an eight percent tuition increase and as you can imagine, students were outraged. As an outsider looking in, I couldn’t help but admire their resilience towards the situation. Although I didn’t personally participate in the protests, I am glad that I was able to witness the movement. It is encouraging to be able to watch people fight for whats right. Classes will resume tomorrow as we prepare for our finals in two weeks; but there is definitely a revolutionary spirit in the air.

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