Boity Thulo: I also had to drop out of university

2015-10-23 07:00
About 6 metres are separating police and protesters on Darling Street Cape Town. (Tina Hsu, News24)

Johannesburg- Celebs from across SA have lent their voices to the ongoing student protests currently gripping the country, with many sharing their own personal struggles with having to drop out of university over University fees.

Actress and TV personality, Boity Thulo, revealed this week that she, like many students, had to drop out of university because her family was unable to pay high varsity fees.

Boity's story is similar to that of rapper Yanga who also revealed he dropped out over varsity fees.

The protests have also encouraged Scandal actress Dineo Moeketsi to open up about her battles with varsity fees while studying in America.

Indeed they must! I sympathize with students everywhere as I know the pain of having to throw in the towel and walk away from varsity studies. I was in another country sending out email after email asking for corporate South Africa's help. I sent out 80 physical and digital copies in total. Needless to say I received no help at all. I know varsity fees in the U.S aren't the same as those in S.A but the point is higher education is dishearteningly expensive and I wish a movement like this existed in my time and in the country I was in. I've seen many heartbreaking things online in the past week but I'm proud of every student fighting for their education in the past week. I admire their courage and pray for them not to lose their lives because of this. This isn't a stunt, I'm merely sharing my journey and why I STAND with all students of the #FEESMUSTFALL movement.

A photo posted by Dineo Moeketsi (@dineomoeketsi) on

And while social media is filled with celebs messages on the strike, a few of our favourites including DJ Sbu decided to not just talk the talk but march the march.

#FeesMustFall #NationalShutdown #FreeEducation4All #SolidarityWithTheStudents

A video posted by SbuLeope (@sbuleope) on

And, there's even been a track made in support of the protests...

-The Juice