On Sunday, 31 March, the City Press published an op-ed by SERI researcher Thato Masiangoako which challenged some of the common misconceptions around protest activity in South Africa and unpacked some of the reasons behind skewed public perceptions of protest. The op-ed also considers the important role that protest has played in our 25 year democracy and draws attention to the disproportionate amount of force that they are usually met with.
Masiangoako argues that “we need to shift our perceptions of protest and begin to understand it in the context of profound inequalities and extreme levels of poverty. Without this, we run the risk of dismissing the ways in which government is failing the poor and marginalised.”
Read the full op-ed here.