The Sunday Independent on 25 September 2016

The idea of free education is neither new nor South African. It is part of a historic global struggle for development and progress. And at the centre of it is the legitimacy of universities and the state.

If the right solutions – read progressive and sustainable – are not found by the state and society, we may lose everything in the fire.

In the context of South Africa, the debate has been led by successive generations of student movements and has taken many twists and turns.

The starting point for the liberation forces has always been to understand education as a human right in a changing world.

All forms of education are important and are the means through which we understand and master our natural environment and social relations.

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