#FeesMustFall: South Africa's MP Fasiha Hassan cry of 'Amandla Awethu!' rattles Jawaharlal Nehru University

Fasiha Hassan with JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

The JNU Students Union have pressed on in their protest against rising fees at Jawaharlal Nehru University in India.

#NEWDELHI: It was just a week ago that Shaeera Kalla aligned South Africa’s solidarity with India’s Fees Must Fall movement leader, Aishe Ghosh the JNU Student Union president.

JNU’s Student Union used the #FeesMustFall hashtag which gave their movement global attention, the #FeesHike protest is now in it’s 30th day of action that has seen violent confrontation between police and students.

The hashtag #FeesMustFall drew its first breath in 2015 when WITS University students led by Shaeera Kalla, protested hike in fees at universities with demands that more government funding in higher education was allocated in South Africa. The protest brought South Africa’s government to buckle and give in to demands.

And now South Africa’s youngest member of parliament, Fasiha Hassan has traveled to India to show solidarity with the JNU student protest. In a rousing speech delivered at the university, the rallying cries of Amandla – South African version of “power to the people” reverberated as Indian students responded with fisted hands and the resonation cry of Awethu.

In a moving speech, Hassan gave hope and strength to the Fees Must Fall students of Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Hassan defies JNU Registrar demand to stand down

Hassan was at the JNU campus on Friday in solidarity with students. Hassan – the recipient of the Students Peace Prize – defied Jawaharlal Nehru University management demand to not show her support with JNU protesting students. Hassan took to the podium to address JNU students.

In her speech she said,

“We had gathered just as you have gathered now to fight for free and accessible education. In South Africa, education is expensive. People get the education they can afford, not the education they deserve… At every forefront of change, it’s the young people who have led it… It was young people at Tahrir Square, it was young people at Black Lives Matter, it was young people at Fees Must Fall and it’s young people here at JNU that will change the status quo,”

Fasiha Hassan, Fees Must Fall India protest – Delhi

The JNU Registrar’s demand letter was also shared with the South African embassy in Delhi.

The letter stated,

You are requested not to address the said meeting as its venue falls in the close vicinity of Administrative Block of JNU, which is a prohibited area within the University campus for holding such activity.”

JNU Registrar, Jawaharlal Nehru University


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