From #FeesMustFall to #PayTheGrants, Shaeera Kalla is ready for whatever the next struggle looks like as long as it's fighting for a more just world.
Five years ago this month a hashtag changed South Africa. #FeesMustFall became a rallying cry on university campuses across the country. It was a line drawn in the sand, also a point of no return.
On good days Shaeera Kalla, who was one of the Wits University student leaders who organised the #FeesMustFall protests, reflects on victories in mobilising, the triumph of students becoming a collective force to make themselves heard and on how the protests shifted the agenda. It resulted in resolutions to fund the "missing middle" (those who are poor, but not poor enough to qualify for student funding). The protests that year ended with the government announcing that there would be no tuition fee increases for 2016. But by 2016 the education minister gave the green light for increases for 2017 up to a cap of 8%.
Most days though, Kalla, who was the outgoing SRC president at the time, is thinking about how there's no time to waste in getting on with what still needs to be done to create the...