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Fees Must Fall movement mobilizes taxi industry to join forces with them

By Neo Goba | Oct 19, 2016 | COMMENTS [ 28 ]

As the fight for free decolonized education continues‚ the Fees Must Fall leaders have called on the taxi industry to engage in a national shut down.

Speaking after a mass meeting of students at the University of the Witwatersrand on Wednesday‚ Wits #FeesMustFall leader Busisiwe Seabe said they had approached the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) to join forces with leaders‚ parents‚ workers and students from across the country to call for free decolonised quality education.

“What you saw in the CBD yesterday through the taxi associations’ shutdown of the CBD is a demonstration of how we are getting civil society to join us at the picket lines.

 “We will shut down this country sector by sector if and when needs be. We spoke to Santaco yesterday and we asked them to join us along with other civil society to intensify our struggle for free decolonized quality education‚” said Seabe.

Santaco is currently the biggest taxi association‚ boasting over 200‚000 taxis nationwide.

 “Apart from lobbying the taxi industry‚ we are also calling on other different constituencies around the country to join us. We saw what they could do on a ‘normal’ Tuesday‚ now we are also speaking to certain trade unions of which Zwelinzima Vavi is currently facilitating‚” added Seabe.

Last month‚ Wits students marched to the headquarters of the trade union federation Cosatu to hand over a memorandum calling for support for the nationwide #FeesMustFall protests.

So far‚ Cosatu is the only labour organisation to publicly declare support for the students’ plea to government.

On receiving the memorandum‚ Cosatu General Secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said they stood with the students.

“We are working with the students; we don’t want to take a decision without their involvement. We will be meeting with their leadership and thereafter we will be able to communicate and indicate exactly in practical terms where we stand on these issues‚” he said at the time.

Seabe said she would give details of when they would make the country “ungovernable” in due time.





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Now this is one call I can support. Blissful driving on our roads. Man, I'm looking forward to it.

Oct 19, 2016 5:14 | 1 replies


Hahahaha...OL makes me think of you definition of "Decolonizing education"....Cant wait for my kids to know nothing!

Oct 20, 2016 7:32 | 1 replies


Marvisto, it has its advantages. When they start their teens, they mos know everything better than you, so the decolonised education will solve that problem.

Oct 20, 2016 7:47 | 0 replies


It is way much better than burning universities.

Oct 19, 2016 5:41 | 1 replies


Getting taxi drivers involved is better? Meaning ppl are not able to get to work? this is better?

Oct 20, 2016 7:32 | 0 replies


I know I'm a bit doff, but what is decolonized education? Are the students going to re-write mountains of research & facts on Chem Eng to African standards...whatever this means? Is the current medical degree gonna be spiced with some bit of sangoma practice to produce unique health solutions for Africans? Is Setswana / Swati /San/Xitsonga /Swahili languages going to be the main language of instruction at Cape universities, or Zulu/Venda at Gauteng/Limpopo campuses? I know I can count on OL & Skwama to unravel this...

Oct 19, 2016 7:25 | 2 replies


Hahahaha!!! Kalkoen, your guess is as good as mine. I honestly have no idea what decolonized education is. I studied apartheid education, and went to university in the UK (colonial education). Decolonized education should have started in 1957 in Ghana, and rolled out throughout the newly independent countries in the Continent.

I suspect decolonized education can be described as a pure African education, I don't know because our written texts in Africa were mostly recorded by colonialists.

But we had metallurgy 3000 years ago in Benin, irrigation systems and astronomy in Egypt and a university in Timbuktu. It would be impossible, though, to rewrite our History.

Oct 19, 2016 8:44 | 1 replies


Kalakun , decolonized means quenching African thirst, and doing away with western hungers on our economy. Simple example being removing Jan Van Riebeck history from basic education, so if you are wise enough you will understand what decolonizing in higher education means.

Oct 19, 2016 9:31 | 1 replies


No, Sisi, that's where you are wrong. JVR and people like Jan Smuts and PW Botha are part of our history, they were in our country and we cannot wish them away.

Rewriting our history in African, is near impossible because it wasn't recorded by us Africans. But what cannot be erased is existence of civilisations like Great Zimbabwe and smelting in West Africa, Egyptian technological advances (building thechnology, and the spirit level, etc) and water distribution technology (irrigation). We were not entirely useless like colonialists wrote. But we haven't got our own references, apart from cave drawings (which demonstrated that we did domesticate animals and farmed and had some form of hieroglyphics).

Oct 19, 2016 11:49 | 2 replies


Great Zimbabwe not looking so great after the Mugabe decolonizing for the last few years, about 3 million of the Zimbabweans voted with their few and are safely in colonized South Africa along with, 1 million from DRC, 500 000 from Somalia, 500 000 from Malawi and 200000 from Pakistan. Wonder if any of the students are thinking of heading over to University of Zimbabwe for decolonized education? Be warned the decolonized Police Force gives the beatings with the big sticks, they leave you black and blue and with a broken jaw so you can behave properly and protest in silence

Oct 20, 2016 7:16 | 0 replies


Kalkoen, OL has a great definition of it. OL please share that link for Kalkoen.

Skwa you are right, Lecomrate loves speaking through his/her nose. How can you get rid of something that actually took place? Would you not want your kids to know exactly where they come from and why they are there??? Use ur d@mn brain for once.

Oct 20, 2016 7:36 | 0 replies


Kalkoen, you're actually doing better than I am. I understand it to mean do away with education in SA altogether, and parents, tribal chiefs etc teach the kids, like before colonisation, you know. I thought that's the purpose of burning down the varsities.

Oct 20, 2016 6:40 | 1 replies


Yes OL they would like to be taught under a tree.

Oct 20, 2016 7:36 | 0 replies


Decolonised education let me speculate: I think it means ehhhh African education curriculum like having new study fields such as Diploma in Sangoma practice,BA in pantsula dance,Car wash en Chisa nyama,,ok you don't need English(its western),lets also add Advanced Diploma in kwaito studies(kasi lingo: apparently we may also have to add kasi lingo as a new language under basic education) ****kikikikiki. Second question?

Oct 19, 2016 10:33 | 2 replies


LOL, now you are being silly.

Oct 19, 2016 11:51 | 0 replies


Sweetvors hehehe you are correct...Diploma in Skhotanenism and Degree In Arson?

Oct 20, 2016 7:37 | 0 replies


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Oct 20, 2016 6:40 | 0 replies


With Decolonized Driving Licenses working so well in the Taxi Industry, buy your drivers license for R500.00, get a coffin on wheels for R50000.00 and score at least 20 kills a day you can imagine what a decolonized Medical Degree would be like, R1000.00 all inclusive and even more kills in the health departments dysfunctional hospitals.

Oct 20, 2016 7:6 | 1 replies


Lmao on point~!!!! ONeday you will be seen by a doctor with a Decolonized Medical degree...Taught by a Teacher with a Decolonized teaching degree....

Zimbabwe was decolonized, i see they doing well. Lets do this!

Oct 20, 2016 7:39 | 0 replies


This is becoming a nightmare for the ANC. Serves them right.

Oct 20, 2016 7:10 | 0 replies


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Oct 20, 2016 8:5 | 0 replies


This is a good move!

Oct 20, 2016 8:48 | 0 replies


We study all these dead white men who presided over our oppression, and we are made to use their thinking as a standard and as a point of departure.” - Our own thinking as Africans has been undermined. We must have our own education from our own continent; - We cannot be decolonised by white people who colonised us; - Decolonisation advances the interests of Africans, instead of advancing Eurocentric interests. ''Eurocentrism does not serve our interests culturally, socially, economically. It does not resolve the issues of Africa.'' - Education is not neutral, it serves particular interests. - Students are forced to accept certain standard works to study in certain fields - even the work of Karl Marx. Although considered worthy, the German philosopher’s work is offered repeatedly as a standard, instead of introducing new ideas by Africans; - White lecturers teach students African music and the base of music studies is classical European music. - The curriculum does not accommodate creativity and expression in African languages. For example, drama students feel they are marked lower if they produce work in an African language; - Decolonised education is not the same as transformed education; - For decolonised education to be introduced, the existing system must be overthrown and the people it is supposed to serve must define it for themselves. ''We want to review that system and that curriculum, and that can't happen without a decolonised institution.''

Oct 20, 2016 8:55 | 2 replies


Read 6 words then saw the word "white"...stopped right there. Long k@k, sad, victim infused story.

Oct 20, 2016 9:4 | 1 replies


Marvisto..i did goggle it man....i also want to know what is"DECOLONICED EDUCATION" but i think this page explain some

Oct 20, 2016 9:10 | 0 replies


Does that mean burning down the university and studying folk tales under a tree with no books. It seems decolonized education is working very well as delivered by the Basic Education Department, no books, no electricity, mud schools, no feeding schemes, no sport, sex offenders for teachers, decolonized SADTU Teachers and pit toilet only problem it produces zero pass schools much like a decolonized university would. The real bonus would be decolonized job like decolonized Zimbabwe, no job. Nobody in the world is buying the decolonized car, cell phone, TV and Nikes, not even those calling for decolonization. Japan, India China etc all adopted colonized maths and engineering and we buy their products. Tash still got your decolonized "made in fong kong" t-shirt? remember tomorrow is Domkop Friday

Oct 20, 2016 9:18 | 1 replies
Oct 20, 2016 9:56 | 0 replies


Taxi industry needs our money, they mustn't get side tracked by these spoilt brats

Oct 20, 2016 9:18 | 0 replies