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A group of students raise their hands in the air to signal that they have come in peace.
Date12 October 2015 – October 2016
Caused byAn increase in fees by South African universities
Resulted in
  • No university fee increases in 2016
  • Over R 800,000,000 in property damage[2] (roughly equivalent to US$59 million)
  • Increased government funding for universities

Fees Must Fall was a student protest to ask universities to drop fee hikes in South Africa and Namibia between 2015 and 2017. It was led student activists mainly from political parties, youth movements and student organisations.[6][7][8][9][10]

Notable Activists[change | change source]

South Africa

Activist Political Affiliation
Mcebo Dlamini African National Congress
Chumani Maxwelle African National Congress
Bonginkosi Khanyile The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)
Shaeera Kalla African National Congress
Busisiwe C Seabe The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)

References[change | change source]

  1. Wesi, Tsholofelo (22 October 2015). "London to join 'Fees Must Fall' campaign". The Citizen. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  2. Dentlinger, Lindsay. "#FeesMustFall damage costs soar to nearly R800m". Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  3. Sesant, Siyabonga; Eliseev, Alex; Grootes, Stephen; Koyana, Xolani (22 October 2015). "30 STUDENTS ARRESTED DURING #FEESMUSTFALL PROTESTS". Eyewitness News. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  4. Dludla, Nqobile (20 October 2015). "Police arrest 23 as students protest tuition fee-hike plan". Times Live. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  5. Herman, Paul (17 October 2016). "567 Fees Must Fall protesters arrested since February". News24. Archived from the original on 22 October 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  6. Fees Must Fall Protests Believed to Have Led to Professor Bongani Mayosi's Depression and Suicide | The Public News Hub
  7. | Namibia students fight demand to pay their fees | IOL News
  8. | NUST fees fall - The Namibian
  9. | South African police clash with students over fees - BBC News
  10. | ‘Fees Must Fall’: Anatomy of the Student Protests in South Africa The New York Times