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Political panderers in academia voids critical thought

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It quickly became obvious in academia that to criticise in any way the new government was a ticket to career marginalisation. As a result, there is a void in critical thought and discussion at our tertiary institutions.


27 Jun 2020
PREMIUM!
Political panderers in academia voids critical thought

The University of Cape Town (UCT), 19 June 2019. Photo supplied

SA academics are today generally anaemic shadows of the pugnacious intelligentsia who – at least in some English-language university faculties – stood up to the apartheid state. Sadly, the many campus-based centres, agencies and research units – largely funded by sympathetic and generous Western governments and agencies – which interrogated every move of the oppressive state apparatus have withered. With despotism now routed and democracy assured, as the thinking went in 1994, overseas philanthropy dried up. Many of their activist staff decamped to join successive ANC governments. With the disappearance of external funding, intellectual independence also wilted. Every appointment and...

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