#FeesMustFall: Student politics in South Africa

Danny Berntsen Hyld, Frederikke Veirum Høgsgaard & Johan Otto Hove

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


In 2015 a movement arose under the hashtag #FeesMustFall. The movement started as a reaction to the rise of tuition fees, which meant that more students would not be able to continue their education. This evolved and soon the streets and campuses were on fire as students nation wide, cried out for a more equal education system with equal access to a better future. This study investigates the spark that lit the fire by using Sydney Tarrows theories on mechanisms and processes. With the help of Tarrow we find that behind the hashtags is a generation of ‘born frees’ - those born into a democratic South Africa - who feel frustrated and betrayed by the government who promised a future of equal possibilities. Philip Altbach brings a theoretical framework which helps us understand the structures within #FeesMustFall as a student movement. He explains why a discussion which have been brought up many times before suddenly caught fire and became the biggest in newer South African history. Also Steve Biko, co-founder of Black Consciousness, will help us understand the thoughts behind the movement and how they talk of race and colour. Lastly we can conclude that #FeesMustFall is a result of a generation feeling betrayed from a corrupted government, and a broken promise, crying for a new South Africa.

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato19 dec. 2016
Antal sider32
VejledereJohanna Hood


  • apartheid
  • #FeesMustFall
  • Student Movement
  • South Africa
  • Born frees
  • Sidney Tarrow
  • Phillip Altbach
  • rainbow nation
  • inequality
  • social movement
  • student organisations
  • higher education