Student Politics in South Africa. An Overview of Key Developments

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October 23, 2012

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Cet article explore la structure raciale de l’éducation supérieure en Afrique du Sud et montre son développement depuis le premier dispositif post-secondaire de 1829. Il retrace également les principales mutations organisationnelles caractérisant l’évolution des structures étudiantes noires, nationales et politiques, et en expose les principales revendications identitaires. Enfin, cet article décrit les principales transformations des années quatre-vingt-dix permettant ainsi de comprendre ce que doivent affronter les élus étudiants. Essentiellement, il est suggéré que les structures des élus étudiants, comme les organisations politiques nationales, traditionnellement structurées par une contestation politique, se consacrent aujourd’hui davantage aux problèmes économiques.

This paper discusses the structure of South Africa’s racially divided higher education sector and shows its development since the establishment of the first post-secondary institution in 1829. It also traces the key organizational changes that characterize the development of national political black student structures and discusses student identity concerns. Finally, it describes important changes during the 1990s that provide insight into the current challenges student leader’s face. Principally, this suggests that student representative councils and national political organisations have changed from protest oriented structures to structures focusing on economic, rather than political issues.

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