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updated at 14:00 GMT

#FeesHaveFallen is what’s now trending in South Africa and across the continent. President Zuma has agreed to student demands that university fees not increase in 2016 after more than a week of protests.

There are reports however, that students are continuing to face off against police as celebrations, protests and demonstrations are all still happening on campuses across the country. We’re following the Daily Vox (@theDailyVox) on Twitter and on their live blog for continued coverage in the aftermath of today’s announcements.


South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma begins his meeting with students this morning in response to weeks of protests across the country over rising fees (Times Live). Members of the #NationalShutDown protest movement  say they are ‘boycotting’ the meeting with the President Zuma and Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, after only students from the SA Union of Students and SA Students Congress were allowed to participate (ENews Channel Africa).

And some students in Zimbabwe say they are watching the #FeesMustFall protests with, ‘admiration and something approaching envy‘ in a country where police have regularly put down attempts at demonstrations by student groups (All Africa / News24).

U.S. presidential hopefully, Hillary Rodham Clinton gave her testimony yesterday in a congressional hearing on the 2012 attack against the U.S. Embassy in Libya that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens. Twitter Moments captured all the reactions from politicians, pundits and the public from the 10+ hours of intense Q&A between HRC and members of congress.

What we need

In Nigeria, it’s more women engaged in local and national politics. Laila Johnson (@LailaJohnson_) from Our Vision NG shares a conversation with scholar, activist and 2015 presidential candidate, Professor Remi Sonaiya (@OluremiSonaiya) on how women can ‘break down the barriers’ in an AR Q&A special.

Human rights lawyer and activist, Femi Falana SAN is calling on ECOWAS leaders to expand the jurisdiction of the Community Court of Justice to cover crimes with impact across national borders, including terrorism, human trafficking, and drug trafficking (The Guardian NG).

In Senegal, the Extraordinary African Chambers, continues its trial of former Chadian President, Hissène Habré for crimes against humanity. The EAC was created partly in response to the CCJ’s inability to prosecute Habré. Mel Bailey has this explainer to get you caught up on what may be, ‘the beginnings of Pan-African justice‘.

Civic Tech

Mobile device technology is changing everything about the way we communicate, create, engage, send & receive money, and more… but can mobile phone surveys identify people’s development priorities? (Center for Global Development).

Karl Bode (@KarlBode) writes about how he thinks Facebook’s Internet.org is a, ‘bastardized’ version of the internet and says even Tim Berners-Lee agrees with him (TechDirt).

In Brooklyn, USA, ‘Mom & Pop’ neighborhood car services are developing new mobile apps to try and survive against Uber as it takes away customers and drivers but are finding it hard to attract users (Wired) — a ‘cautionary tale’ to car services all over Lagos  as @Uber_Lagos disrupts one of the most competitive sectors of the city’s informal economy.

Identity & Culture

It’s Friday, so let’s end the week by having some fun…before he ‘graduates’ to New York Magazine (NY Mag), Rembert Browne (@rembert) has the definitive take on Drake’s ‘Dance Revolution‘ (Grantland). Check out all the ‘best of’ mashups featuring #dancingDrake (Tech Insider), including this favorite of ours from Cote d’Ivoire


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