The Sunday Independent on 13 March 2016

Apartheid higher education largely followed colonial conventions of training a small skilled cohort to manage both the economy and political administration. The remaining unskilled majority was condemned to contribute their labour power in the mining, manufacturing and agriculture industries. An effective alliance was forged between monopoly capitalism and the apartheid machinery.

Higher education institutions were complicit – deliberately and unconsciously – in the provision of the instrumental knowledge and values to lubricate colonialism and apartheid.

The Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) movement began around demands to remove symbolic statues representing the “deprivation machine”, as educationist Crain Soudien termed apartheid. It soon morphed into political action to demand adequate representation in tertiary institutions and the decolonisation of academic curricula.

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