Justice minister Michael Masutha has received a memorandum from Fees Must Fall activists who are demanding they receive presidential pardon from criminal charges they face following unrest after the fees were hiked. Some of the activists‚ including former Wits University students’ representative council (SRC) spokesperson Mcebo Dlamini‚ travelled to parliament on Wednesday‚ where they demonstrated outside. Their demands include a "truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) equivalent" that will address and‚ possibly‚ find amicable solutions to, the problems that arose as a result of the protests. "This TRC is important because it will give both students‚ the government and the universities a chance to reflect and engage in an honest dialogue on how the protests degenerated into violence and how that violence could have been curbed. The Fees Must Fall protests were a sad state of affairs that should never happen in a democratic country. Through dialogue we can begin to set out strateg...

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