Violence undermines values students are fighting for - Albie Sachs

Retired Constitutional Court judge and activist, Albie Sachs, reflects on the violence which has emanated from the #FeesMustFall student protests.

Violent scenes have marred the protests across the country as students clash with police in their call for free higher education after Minister Blade Nzimande announced that universities could increase 2017 fees by no more than 8%.

Speaking to 702/Cape Talk's Eusebius McKaiser (standing in for Redi Tlhabi), he said that while the movement's cause is "deeply moving", the violence undermines the ideals they are fighting for.

He says:

"We used to say that the doors of learning must remain open, not be burned down and it's distractive of the things they are trying to achieve. It's alienating the support they might get."

There are huge questions about the character of public life, the conduct of public leaders - inside and outside political parties."

Albie Sachs, retired Constitutional Court judge

Sharing his thoughts on developments in the country, Sachs said that the Constitution provides mechanisms that enable South Africans to exercise their rights. Despite attempts to undermine it, he believes the Constitution remains resilient.

With his involvement in the OR Tambo Memorial Lecture taking place on Friday, he said it served as "extra vitality" for people with a strong vision who also wanted to learn about the foundations of putting together South Africa's post-democracy Constitution.

If you did a paternity test on our constitution, who's DNA would come up? I'd say Oliver Tambo.

Albie Sachs, retired Constitutional Court judge

Listen to the this struggle stalwart and founder of the Constitution discussing the current state of #feesmustfall:

Read More
Civil society and SA govt must call a truce to work together - experts

Civil society and SA govt must call a truce to work together - experts

The conflict between civil organisations and the state needs to come to an end in order to mobilise social change in South Africa.

Eusebius McKaiser's hard-hitting Q&A with Buti Manamela on SA youth

Eusebius McKaiser's hard-hitting Q&A with Buti Manamela on SA youth

Manamela said government and youth both need to start thinking differently in approaching youth development.

#FridayStandIn Crispin Sonn abides by the business ethic 'do well, do good'

#FridayStandIn Crispin Sonn abides by the business ethic 'do well, do good'

Crispin Sonn, director of Gamiro and son of democratic South Africa's first US ambassador Franklin Sonn, believes in giving back.

How to deal with online harassment, 'sextortion' and revenge porn

How to deal with online harassment, 'sextortion' and revenge porn

If you are a victim of harassment and virtual violence, it is important to take action. Dr. Eve offers advice on how to handle it.

How to make sure your competitive streak doesn't get ugly

How to make sure your competitive streak doesn't get ugly

Dr. Schomer identifies when competitiveness becomes unhealthy and what we can do to curtail negativity when trying to get ahead.

The case for and against return of the death penalty

The case for and against return of the death penalty

The idea that re-instating the death penalty will serve as a deterrent against crimes remains a highly-contested issue.