Why fees should fall

Students from different universities share their personal stories and why they need varsity fees to be scrapped. They are part of the nationwide #FeesMustFall movement.

These are their stories.

Nontobeko Ntuli

Bachelors Education - Fort Hare

“We are the new generation, we must get educated so that we can bring changes…so that we can become the new doctors, the new nurses, the new presidents”


Philasande Mamve

Social Sciences - Fort Hare

“So my parents didn’t work, they depend on the social grant and I’m not the only child at my home”


Chumani Maxwele

Political Sciences - UCT

“The mere fact of travelling is a personal struggle in itself…leave your family, go to the institution…when you arrive there you must have registration fee…you must face the question of where you’re gonna live, what you gonna eat, and I mean the question of language, as the English language is very violent”


Pam Dlamini

Social Sciences - UCT

"Either people [are] discriminating against me because I’m a woman, because I’m black, because I’m from a poor neighborhood, because I’m from a poor family... it’s a constant struggle”


Zandisiwe Jiba

Law - Wits

“My sister was at DUT, my brother’s at UJ, so me at Wits, my sister… Everything resting upon my mom’s shoulders, I mean she’s only one person she can only do so much.”


Nokwazi Mwelase

Education - Wits

“This other day I was talking to my grandmother and she said we don’t have money Nokwazi and I said no grandmother hold on I’m almost there and she said yes my child you’re almost there.”