The Stream

Who are the activists behind the #RhodesMustFall movement?

A theatre company from the University of Cape Town explores ways to fight for equality.

In March of 2015, students at the University of Cape Town launched #RhodesMustFall, a movement that not only brought down a statue but sparked a global campaign to “decolonise” education. They also hoped to start a broader discussion on how universities can better reflect a diverse student body.


Three years on, eight students who participated in the movement are sharing that experience with theatre audiences around the world. “The Fall” charts their experiences of activism while also tackling themes of race, class, gender and power.


In this special two-part episode, we are joined by the cast of “The Fall” to discuss the play, what it means to be a student activist, and how the #RhodesMustFall movement resonated with marginalised people worldwide.

On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:

Ameera Conrad @AmeeraConrad
Co-Creator, Cast & Curator, The Fall

Tankiso Mamabolo @Real_Tankiso
Co-creator & Cast, The Fall

Sizwesandile Mnisi
Co-Creator & Cast, The Fall

Oarabile Distele @TheCreativeAnsr
Co-Creator & Cast, The Fall

Sihle Mnqwazana @shonathe1
Co-Creator & Cast, The Fall

Cleo Raatus @CleoRaatus 
Co-Creator & Cast, The Fall

Zandile Madliwa
Cast, The Fall


Read more:

Why South African Students Say The Statue Of Rhodes Must Fall – NPR

Fight, prevail, repeat: a review of ‘The Fall’ – CGTN


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