10 unforgettable moments of solidarity from #FeesMustFall


While news reports and timelines are filled with images of burning tyres and overturned police cars, the #FeesMustFall protests brought many South Africans together in support and solidarity. BENAZIR CASSIM rounds up her favourite images from the less-documented side of the protests.

1. Wits campus control came over to the light side early on, showing their support for students even as they patrolled campus:

3. Wits SRC collected donations for those who slept in Senate House (or Solomon Mahlangu House as students have renamed it) during the campaign:

5. After students were arrested for protesting outside Parliament, Equal Education and other NGOs offered legal assistance to those stuck in jail:

7. At the Union Buildings, students made a human shield around Muslim students who’d stopped to pray in congregation on the lawns:

Cleaning up the remains of burned tyres is dirty work but students are hard at work #FeesMustFall #NationalShutdown pic.twitter.com/LCZt9oHPai

— Oppidan Press (@oppidanpress) October 24, 2015

9. Same for the University of the Western Cape:

Students picking up litter at Luthuli House, Union Buildings during #Feesmustfall#Leadership. #Feeshavefallen^TK pic.twitter.com/ngUhFJm89L

— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) October 24, 2015

– Featured image via Aaisha Dadi Patel

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  1. As a Wits graduate and staff member, to all Witsies, you did us proud!!! Your discipline and restaint under trying circumstaces was awe inspiring. I take a bow to you all. This is not a race issue. It is a class issue. Bless you all!!!!


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