A white South African university student was video taping as her fellow students had to barricade themselves in their classroom against a crowd of several hundred black activist students in Cape Town. It was the result of protests by mostly black students over a proposed tuition rate hike at all Universities in the country. Or was it just an excuse?
“All white people get out or we will kill you”
Student Anne Landman wrote,
So this happened. I stopped filming before things got out of hand as we were scared they would damage property, which they did. Hundreds of rioters outside those doors. People were cornered and taunted. Some of our students were beaten up for trying to keep the doors closed. The doors are now broken. They stormed in with balaclavas on, shouting horrible things in our direction. Quote of the day “All white people get out or else we will kill you”. Sorry for the language in the video but we were all panicking a bit in there. What has this country come to?
*After having this video up for the last few days I have seen it become a massive argument of race on social media. Yes the majority of us in this class are white (but not all of us) and yes horrible racist remarks were thrown our way. That does not mean we don’t believe in the reason for the protests. And yes some of us would have joined in on the protests that day if we had been treated as equals and not threatened by those on the other side of the doors. We are fighting for the same goal, let’s not turn on each other.
— M a r c (@MarcXabiso) October 23, 2015
The “protests” to which she is referring are protests over the raising of tuition fees for South African Universities. But was the tuition issue just an excuse to promote hate? The black students reportedly felt that they could not afford ANY raise in fees whatsoever and spent days protesting.
Some students, as noted in the above Tweet, blocked the buses and dragged other students out. In one school, protesters chased students out of the library while they were preparing for exams. Some burned portable toilets, and threw bottles.
“I just don’t understand why they are taking us out of the library. I feel so scared. If this crowd gets out of control and a stampede breaks out I might get hurt.” Anonymous student
On Friday, President Jacob Zuma announced there would be no fee increase. At that point, police moved in to break up the protesters and violence erupted. Some of the students were not aware of President Zuma’s announcement until the media advised them. In most riots, only about half the people really know what’s going on – the others follow blindly.
It appears that anytime something happens that people don’t like, it’s okay to throw a massive temper tantrum over it. It doesn’t just happen in Missouri, it’s happening everywhere. The black students got their way, but at a high price. The student bodies of all the South African universities are now extremely divided along racial lines. But perhaps that’s what someone wanted all along.