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In the aftermath of the #FeesMustFall protests which have caused Universities to completely shut down in South Africa, some students are showing the world they’re not caving into the violence and mayhem.

 

The biggest protests by South African university students in the post-apartheid era were fueled by mounting anger over the widespread poverty and inequality that persists since the country’s first multiracial elections in 1994.

The University protests which are in their second year have turned violent with some students and citizens taking to the streets to express their anger.

But some students and community members are not joining the masses.

Instead, these South Africans have banded together on Twitter with #IllStudyWithYou, a hashtag showing their solidarity with fellow countrymen scared of being attacked on campuses and focused on passing 2016.

The hashtag started simply, with an act of compassion.

The original tweet was posted by Katrina Yellow, a UCT academic who is passionate about South Africa & our future.

https://twitter.com/katrinayellow/status/788835969411780609

https://twitter.com/katrinayellow/status/788836847300509697

Yellow has been encouraging her students to (safely) get together during the UCT shutdown and share resources, through their chat rooms.

But the hashtag seems to be catching on, with people starting to help each other out… in the most amazing way.

https://twitter.com/uLindokuhle/status/788836162307780608

https://twitter.com/MelBellaMey/status/789116654319988737

Why it matters. This hashtag movement is a powerful sign that South African students are still focused on what matters and why they are in the Universities in the first place… to study! It also shows a collective conscious to help those that want to and need to be helped.

If you can assist or want to help a student study, even through the closures. Get involved, tweet, facebook & share the #IllStudyWithYou hashtag!


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Recognised as one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South African’s as well as a Primedia LeadSA Hero, Brent is a change maker, thought leader, radio host, foodie, vlogger, writer and all round good guy.

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