Will political tension get the better of #FeesMustFall?

The #FeesMustFall protests of 2016 have seen a sharp increase in mistrust and paranoia among protesting students, and especially among those leading the various dissenting groups, as political parties and factional interests jostle to influence the movement.

a Tension between the independent #FeesMustFall movement and elected student representative councils (SRCs) has made negotiations with management troublesome, as some students insist they will not allow normal teaching to continue this year until a number of their demands have been met.

Many of the students involved in the protests insist that political tensions will not derail the movement, but politics – and unexpected power exercised in unexpected ways by sometimes unexpected leaders – has been at the root of the protests from the start.

This interactive timeline identifies the key moments in the protests. Read a fuller version here.


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