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The death of father of four Mthokozisi Edwin Ntumba at the hands of police during a student protest in Braamfontein last week is an opportune moment to pause and reflect on the eighth of the 10 principles of the Freedom Charter as adopted at the Congress of the People at Kliptown on June 16 1955.

It boldly declared that “the doors of learning and culture shall be opened!”; that the government should discover, develop and encourage national talent for the enhancement of our cultural life; that all the cultural treasures of mankind should be open to all, by free exchange of books, ideas and contact with other lands...

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