Reflections on the Higher Education National Convention

By Lindsay Maasdorp The Higher Education National Convention had barely started when mass disruptions that saw the Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) beat up the members of the Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC) after they had disrupted Minister Blade Nzimande from speaking. This was the second and final disruption, and one which followed a student …

Matric Results: Who Has Really Failed?

By Lindsay Maasdorp The 2016 matric results have been released and the white-centered view is that the black majority have failed dismally in achieving white standards. Biko says: “Township life alone makes it a miracle for anyone to live up to adulthood.” How is it then possible that white-centered learning that privileges an assessment based …

Student Activist, Bonginkosi Khanyile to appear in court tomorrow

BO Staff Writer Durban University of Technology student and Fees Must Fall activist, Bonginkosi Khanyile, will appear before the Pietermaritzburg High Court tomorrow morning. Khanyile has been in custody since September when a number of students were arrested for partaking in the nationwide student protests calling for the government to scrap university fees and offer …

BLF supports the #FeesMustFall march against Pravin Gordhan

MEDIA STATEMENT Black First Land First (BLF) shall today join the #FeesMustFall march to parliament to demand that Pravin Gordhan stops his neoliberal policies which denies black students access to education. The State President has long ago asked Pravin Gordhan to find the money for free education. However instead of taxing white capital and making …

Urgent letter from an academic at Wits University

By BO Staff Writer Below is a letter by Wits academic, Kelly Gillespie, to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan regarding the funding crisis and securitization of university institutions. Gillespie posted the letter on Facebook. Dear Mr Pravin Gordhan I wonder if you have any sense of what my colleagues and I went through today at Wits …

BLF-SM presents: UMHLABA!NOW

August/September 2016 The BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST-STUDENT MOVEMENT (BLF-SM) dedicates this issue of UMHLABA!NOW to the legacies of STEVE BANTU BIKO who died on 12th September 1977 and the MARIKANA MINERS who died in August 2012. Drawing from, inter alia, these revolutionary legacies, BLF-SM is determined to achieve its strategic objective of realizing FREE BLACK …