Poor negotiation at heart of ongoing #FeesMustFall protests - legal expert

Lack of effective methods of conflict resolution seem to be one of the factors behind the #FeesMustFall protests continuing across the country's universities.

According to alternative dispute resolution specialist and director at Bowman Gilfillan Attoneys, John Brand, poor negotiation skills and an inability to reach consensus between students and government could be behind the protests continuing.

The biggest obstacle is people's habitual resort to power as the first means of dealing with conflict between themselves. They choose a particular solution and try to force the solution on the other party.

John Brand, Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to him regarding the strategies that could be used to resolve the issue. He said South Africa has a rich history of fruitful negotiations that could bring about the same positive results for the students' cause.

Various universities have suspended their academic programmes as students call for free higher education for all.

Listen to the conversation below:

You need multi-stakeholder engagement. There are a multiplicity of stakeholders that have to contribute towards a solution.

John Brand, Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys
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