The president of the Wits University Students’ Representative Council, Nompendulo Mkatshwa, has been criticized by the supporters of #FeesMustFall# supporters, for speaking on behalf of the movement.
The current affairs show Checkpoint on eNCA broadcast an interview with Mkatshwa on Tuesday. Mkatshwa was asked several questions about the movement, including an insight on what she thinks about the #FeesMustFall#, her critiques of herself and about the ramifications of the march to the Union Buildings in October.
However, the leaders of the movement maintained that she should have said no when the interview was brought up.
The leader of the Occupy Higher Education campaign and of #FeesMustFall#, MJ wa Azania, opined that the media kept giving Mkatshwa the wrong platform.
“We have reprimanded her before to not speak on our behalf. Next time we are simply going to get an interdict against her.”
Wa Azania pointed out that there were no divisions in the #FeesMustFall movement, adding that the reactions of Mkatshwa to certain questions about the EFF and the ANC during the interview, reduced the significance of their “struggle” in the movement.
A political activist from the University of Cape Town Chumani Maxwele observed that Mkatshwa’s involvement in the movement was a recent one as she was not initially involved in #FeesMustFall#.
“Her views in the interview are just that – her views. She is an SRC president, not the leader of the movement, let alone the appropriate person to speak to.
“There are students being suspended and arrested in the name of #FeesMustFall#. What is she doing about that if she is the leader?”