UCT To Host FeesMustFall Exhibition To Commemorate Protests

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The University of Cape Town is looking to host an exhibition that forms part of a collaborative effort with other higher learning to reflect on the impact of the FeesMusfall protest on students. The exhibition's organiser discusses in more detail what the event will entail.


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FeesmustFall is known to have been a dark period for many university students throughout the country. The nationwide student protests, which initially occurred in October 2015, saw university students embark on an uprising against lack of access and financial exclusion from higher education institutions. 

To commemorate the student protests, the University of Cape Town is looking to host an exhibition titled “Aftermath Violence And Wellbeing in the Context of The Student Movement” 

Speaking during a televised interview Pura Mgolombane, the Executive Director at the University of Cape Town's Department of Student Affairs said that: 

We're reflecting on Fees must fall, a student-led protest that began in October 2015. It was a violent uprising against lack of access and financial exclusion from higher education institutions. 

Pura Mgolombane, the Executive Director at the University of Cape Town's Department of Student Affairs, said that the idea to host the exhibition came from collaboration with the Human Science Research Council (HSRC).

He adds, the partnership also involves a photo-voice workshop undertaken by five other universities include, including the University of the Western Cape (UWC), University of FortHare (UFH), University of Venda (UniVen), and the University of the Free State (UFS).

Mgolombane goes on to say that the aim of the exhibition is to reflect on how students were impacted by the protests. 

Furthermore, although the event will be held at UCT, it is a mobile exhibition, meaning that it will continue to be held at other universities in the country. 

Additionally, the students who were victims are said to have participated in the creation of the photos which are being referred to. The exhibition will be held until 5 May 2022.

 


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