Target: South Africa higher education minister, Blade Nzimande
Goal: Resolve the funding issues that are causing unfair tuition hikes and causing police to get violent with students protesting the tuition hikes.
Protests by students in South Africa fighting college tuition hikes turned violent after police fired stun gun grenades at the protesters outside the South African parliament building.
Students held a sit-in outside parliament and demanded that Blade Nzimande, the country’s higher education minister, come out to address them. Students want the minister to explain plans to fix the funding crisis currently happening in universities and to take in student concerns when configuring a budget.
The students have also been utilizing social media for their cause, using hashtags and chants like #FeesMustFall. The student protests are the largest in South Africa since apartheid ended.
Students who are rightfully protesting over unfairly high education costs should not be subdued with stun gun grenades that will only escalate tensions and make things worse. Demand the higher education minister address student concerns and resolve the funding issues affecting tuition.
Dear Minister Nzimande,
South Africa is seeing the largest student protests since the end of apartheid, and rather than addressing the concerns of these students you are hiding away and going against their wishes. The price of higher education is a problem all over the world, and countries must listen to those affected by this issue. This means you must listen to the students in order to come up with a solution.
The protests may only get worse and cause more tension if they continue unaddressed. I urge you to discuss student concerns and resolve the funding issues affecting tuition.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Chris Eason