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Where to follow the #NationalShutDown march today on social media

The nationwide student protests against tuition fee hikes have stunned South Africa. The last week has brought about clashes between protesters and the authorities and resulted in the shutdown of many tertiary education institutions.

It’s a testament to the passion and commitment of the protesters, certainly, but the events of the last couple of weeks have also demonstrated the enormous power of social media.

The images, videos and posts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more have thrust the plight of the underprivileged into the national consciousness. They’ve also been useful in holding authorities accountable for their actions – some of the images that have been posted are reminiscent of the archive pictures of the 1976 Soweto Uprising.

Here are a handful of sources we recommend following to keep up with the latest #Feesmustfall developments.

Live streaming

The eNCA online news desk is one of the many news teams on ground at the Union Buildings. You can watch today’s events from your PC via the livestream that is live on their website.


Periscope is being used to capture the day’s events; there doesn’t appear to be a consistent stream from a single account coming from the march, but individuals and organisations are providing some short updates. From the Cape area, Alastair Hendriks is filming quite prolifically on Periscope.

As an aside to students who want to produce live footage but who are running out of data, people are donating bandwidth for the cause here.

Let us know if you know of a feed that should be added to this list.


The Daily Vox

Student journalists from @TheDailyVox have been live blogging, vox popping, tweeting and posting photos and videos from universities in Johannesburg and Cape Town since the protests began.

Team members are also tweeting from universities in the Western Cape where intense protest action continues as students stand off with police and security forces.


The South African Students’ Congress, a movement formed by tertiary students during the apartheid era, has been one of the groups at the forefront of the protests since they began. They’re using their @SASCO_Jikelele account to convey messages and directives from its leaders stationed at different campuses.


Reporters from @Powerfm987, @ewnreporter, @SABCNewsOnline and at @JacaNews are also livetweeting events from Pretoria. Follow them all for a detailed look at the day’s events as the unfold.

[Image – CC by Wikimedia Commons]

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