The student movement born out of the 2015 Rhodes Must Fall / Fees Must Fall moment has received widespread attention, support, analysis and critique, and captured the imagination of people in and beyond South Africa. Seasoned journalist and anti-apartheid activist Malcolm Ray provides a searing account of why universities have become hotspots of protest and organising. His book – Free Fall: Why South African Universities are in the Race against Time – probes beneath the surface of the crisis and reveals uncomfortable truths about colonial and apartheid-era education.  He traces the tangled web of connections between foreign and SA business interests, the apartheid government, and the role of universities in propping up a white elite and co-opting a subservient black class to their cause.

Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education invites you to a conversation with Malcolm Ray and student activists Rehana Odendaal (UCT) and Gobonamang Merahe (UWC). Odendaal’s Masters research is an inquiry into the meaning of a public university, using WITS as a case study. Merahe has been immersed in high school and university student organising and has led various processes related to higher education and student governance.


Date: Friday, 03 February 2017

Time: 14H30

Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education,
1 Batten Lane,
Mowbray, Cape Town
(next to Forest Hill and opposite the Viljoenhof CPUT residences)

Kindly RSVP by Tuesday 31 January 2017 to:

Zanele Motsepe
021 685 3516/8