A ‘third force’ in higher education student activism


A ‘third force’ in higher education student activism

In a University World News article titled "A ‘third force’ in higher education student activism" CHET director, Nico Cloete, contends that a ‘third force’ has emerged on South Africa’s protest-disrupted campuses.

He concludes that South African universities are on a knife’s edge, and so is the country as a whole. Universities – with their strategic location in the contestation for resources (both material and social capital) – are merely a symptom. Rather disingenuously, both students and the government are blaming the universities by accusing them of colonialism, racism and lack of transformation, but remaining silent about how, in some cases, very legitimate demands have become entangled and embroiled in party contestations and the struggle for access to resources, and the maintenance of privilege.

The University World News article is an abbreviated version of a longer document. To read the article click here. To read the full version, click here

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