We spent the afternoon today with a grass-roots (NGO) para-legal. I asked her what the student unrest was about in South Africa. Of course, it is about fees. Yet deeper than that, she said, while we live in a constitutional democracy, it is run as if by African custom. This means a fundamental ideological conflict, which manifests itself on our university campuses. OBSERVATION: At the moment, the unrest directly affects several people I know.