Are we under autocratic rule?

05 January 2015

Ayodele Gilbert Ogunkoya
Master's in marine biology

For me, I'm a foreign student [from Nigeria], and UCT has a reputation as a global brand. It's more than a South African brand. People clamouring for decolonisation - I'm not sure what they want to decolonise. Are we slaves? Are we under autocratic rule? Colonisation is the imposition of someone's will on you, stopping you from doing what you want. Nobody is stopping you from doing what you want. If people want decolonisation, we should try to get everybody involved - international students, too. I think they make it about black South Africans only. It's not 'African'. Everybody that is employed should be employed on merit, otherwise standards might drop. And UCT has an excellent reputation - a friend of mine got offered a post with NASA when they heard he was from UCT - and we don't want those standards to drop.

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