Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation: The Politics Behind #MustFallMovements

Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation: The Politics Behind #MustFallMovements

Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation covers the university protests that took place in 2015–2016, better known as the #FeesMustFall protests. Rekgotsofetse (Kgotsi) gives us his first-hand account of what happened prior to the protests and what led to the events of October 2015 at the various university campuses and nationally.

Detailed Information

  • Title: Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation: The Politics Behind #MustFallMovements
  • Author: Rekotsofeste Chikane
  • Publisher: Picador Africa
  • Country of Origin: South Africa
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • ISBN: 9781770105904
  • Bib. Info: Paperback; 256pp

Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation covers the university protests that took place in 2015–2016, better known as the #FeesMustFall protests. Rekgotsofetse (Kgotsi) gives us his first-hand account of what happened prior to the protests and what led to the events of October 2015 at the various university campuses and nationally.

This is a four-part retelling of what happened on the ground amongst the students, first at #RhodesMustFall, then moving to the university responses and management and what ultimately led to #FeesMustFall nationwide. Chikane then looks at student politics now and how they are different from 1976, specifically the fact that the protests were being led by so-called coconuts, who are part of the black elite.

The book poses the provocative question, can coconuts be trusted with the revolution?

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