Mapaseka Setlhodi sits in a coffee shop not far from the University of Cape Town campus, looking frail and exhausted. Two days earlier, Mapaseka was part of a group of students that rushed the gates of parliament, protesting the government’s plan to increase student tuition fees by more than 10 percent next year.
It was one of the biggest student movements to emerge in South Africa since the fall of apartheid. When the students rushed in, police responded by firing stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets.
“It’s really hard to sleep after you’ve been exposed to stun grenades and tear gas,” Setlhodi says. “That’s why I’m so tired.”