Kabelo Motsamai, popularly known by his stage name Prince Kaybee, took to the streets along students from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ) calling for free education.
The South African Student Congress (Sasco) and other student organisations called for a national shutdown of all universities across South Africa following a week-long protest by outraged Wits students who were not able to register due to historical debt.
During the Wits protests, 35-year-old Mthokozisi Ntumba was shot dead allegedly by members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) last Wednesday.
Ntumba’s death sparked strong emotions in Prince Kaybee, which led the award-winning artist to join the protests.
“(I’m) joining the national shutdown protest today for students. Still heartbroken by the life lost during the free education protest last week. See y’all in the streets comrades,” wrote Prince Kaybee on his Instagram.
In light of the ongoing #FeesMustFall campaign, students are taking to the streets to call for free tertiary education. Some celebrities have voiced their opinions and contributed towards the initiative.
Prince Kaybee took to Twitter on Monday to ask where the protests were taking place so he could join.
And true to his word, he joined the marches.
He said he was inspired by the protesting students who kept fighting “even when they are bullied, beaten and shot at by the police.”