We Are No Longer at Ease is a collection of personal articles, essays, speeches and poetry mainly from voices of young people who were part of the student-led protest movement known as #FeesMustFall, which began in 2015. It tells the journey of the youth who participated in a movement that redefined politics in post-apartheid South Africa and is evidence of a ‘born-free’ generation telling their own story and leading the discourse and action on transforming South Africa.
Young people are not at ease. They are refusing to coexist with coloniality, sexism, democratic indifference and inequality. We need to acknowledge and take heed to their calls. This collection includes works by former student leaders turned researchers such as David Maimela and Asanda Luwaca; student newspaper journalists who covered the protests, like Natasha Ndlebe and Nkateko Mabasa; public intellectuals whose aim was to inform broader society of the key aspects of the movement, like Sisonke Msimang; lecturers who assisted the students to articulate and find clarity in voicing their ideas such as Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni; and most importantly the foot soldiers on the ground who led the students through the police brutality of rubber bullets and pepper spray, like Mcebo Dlamini, Lovelyn Nwadeyi, Ntokozo Qwabe and Sarah Mokwebo.
About the Author
Busani Ngcaweni is Head of Policy and Research Services in the Presidency and Non-Resident Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg. He has edited numerous volumes and contributes articles in various news outlets like the Daily Maverick
Wandile Ngcaweni is a junior researcher at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA). He holds a degree in development studies from the University of Johannesburg and is currently completing his honours in development studies at the University of South Africa. He was part of the Fees Must Fall protests at the University of Johannesburg in 2016.