Euphoric. That’s how I feel. Most people don’t know how to feel which is understandable considering what we’ve been put through.
For those who haven’t yet heard the news, South African university students will have a 0% increase of fees for next year. Amid peaceful, violent protests (some, not all) our president has declared a zero fee increase for next year. To say that us, students, are elated is an understatement. We have made history.
Unified we stood. No matter your background, colour or gender, our youth fought peacefully for justice. There might be a lot of bad in this world but something good happened today. Students stood all night, shared food, sang and fought together for justice. And, Justice was served.
Something amazing has happened in South Africa and I am proud to be part of this generation of youth who stand up for their rights, not just for their rights but for the rights of others. They have stood, we have stood and now the fee increase has been frozen for the year 2016.
Small rejoices can make the world of difference. Everyone who stood in solidarity with us throughout this ordeal, I salute you. Today was a good day.