'These protests are informed by more complex issues'

University of the Western Cape student Mzulungile Gaqa argues in his Master's research that protests in townships should not be generalised into being violent.

Gaqa has decided to find out in his anthropological thesis, Life beyond protests: an ethnographic study of what it means to be an informal settlement resident in Kanana/Gugulethu, Cape Town.

Speaking to John Maytham, Gaqa says we must find out why people are violent.

Some people are of the view that the one language that the government understands is violence so that they can get attention from the state.

Mzulungile Gaqa, UWC Master's student's research on protest culture

These protests are informed by more complex issues other than water and electricity.

Mzulungile Gaqa, UWC Master's student's research on protest culture

I think they are mostly informed by how people are entrapped in those settlements.

Mzulungile Gaqa, UWC Master's student's research on protest culture

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