Rising up: SA's youth take the lead

Activism has given rise to initiatives such as #RhodesMustFall, #OpenStellenbosch and now #FeesMustFall.

Thousands of university students across the country have been protesting against the proposed fee hike in their respective institutions. Picture: Andiswa Mkosi Primedia

CAPE TOWN - Student protesters have placed transformation and universal access to education on the national agenda in the last 10 months, through a series of protests that have influenced South Africa's political and social landscape.

Activism on campus has given birth to initiatives such as Rhodes Must Fall, the Open Stellenbosch movement and now the fight against rising university fees.

Their campaigns have impacted the national agenda and have a global audience.

Student protesters made history on the 9 April this year.

Watch: Students celebrate as Rhodes statue falls

UCT removed a statue of Cecil John Rhodes from its prominent position on the university's upper campus, following weeks of student protests.

Their cause captured the public's attention and it wasn't long before like-minded individuals targeted other colonial-era statues.

In August, students produced a documentary titled Luister alleging racism and discrimination at Stellenbosch University.

WATCH: Documentary on racism at Stellenbosch University.

In an unprecedented move yesterday, students who have been protesting under the banner 'Fees Must Fall' took their cause to the steps of the National Assembly after storming the Parliamentary precinct.

WATCH: Violence erupts between police & protesters outside Parliament.

Inspired by a growing consciousness among the nation's youth, these protests have captured attention and headlines as the young people committed to the cause flex their collective muscle, and command the attention of those in power.