#FeesMustFall supporters have criticised the president of the Wits University Students’ Representative Council, Nompendulo Mkatshwa, for speaking on behalf of the movement.
An interview with Mkatshwa was broadcast on eNCA’s current affairs show Checkpoint on Tuesday. Mkatshwa was asked for her thoughts on #FeesMustFall, about criticism of her and about the ramifications of the march to the Union Buildings in October.
Leaders of the movement say she should not have agreed to the interview.
MJ wa Azania, leader of the Occupy Higher Education campaign and of #FeesMustFall, said 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, who denied that there were divisions in the #FeesMustFall movement, said that Mkatshwa’s reaction to questions about the EFF and the ANC reduced the significance of their “struggle”.
University of Cape Town political activist Chumani Maxwele said Mkatshwa had not initially been 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?”[Source: Times Live]