‘If we don’t write about Fees Must Fall ourselves, someone else will’ – Rekgotsofetse Chikane chats about Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation
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Rekgotsofetse Chikane chatted to Polity SA about his new book Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation.
The book is a first-hand account of the university protests that gripped South Africa between 2015 and 2017, widely better known as the #FeesMustFall.
‘I actually wrote this book for five people, only,’ Chikane says. ‘That is my whole target market right now. The five people will know it when they read it, I won’t say their names.
‘It was to say, if we don’t write these stories ourselves, someone else will. Which is exactly what happened.
‘There was a professor at UCT who wrote about Fees Must Fall – he’s the same professor who compared Fees Must Fall to the Taliban, which was an interesting comparison, a little litmus test of where the country was at the time – and he got a collection of his friends and wrote the first Feel Must Fall book. It was a horrible depiction of the movement, completely misled, had no insight on what was happening inside the movement.
‘So this book is my attempt to say, I am challenging other people in the country who are student leaders, prominent student leaders, much better writers than I am, to go off and tell their stories or else someone else will do it on our behalf, which is not the greatest thing in the world.’
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