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South Africa Protesters Use Fire to Illuminate Grievances

“They are burning memory,” intoned the chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, as a room full of academics nodded gravely. “Fire as a weapon of protest has spread throughout the higher education system,” warned Professor Njabulo Ndebele, delivering a condemnation of a worrying trend that evokes the darkest days of apartheid, the recent torching of South African educational structures as part of a growing student protest movement. As in the 1970s, today’s protesters say they are...

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