Naledi Chirwa is calling for accurate reporting on the Wits protest, following suggestions of the death of a student being due to a supposed clash between students and the SAPS.
The Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) Member of Parliament, Naledi Chirwa took to Twitter on Wednesday, 10 March 2021, to call for accurate reporting on the passing of a student during the ongoing Wits protest. Chirwa’s assertions follow reports attributing a student’s death to the South African Police Services’ (SAPS) alleged attempts to disperse the protesters by firing rubber bullets.
Earlier, Chirwa had joined the criticism against the ruling party over its handling of the protest. Chirwa, in her recent post, stated, “How on earth is the ANC government levelling up on calls for free education with killing peaceful protesters? How is the response to chanting and demanding free education confronted with live ammunition? Nithi sixole kanjani (How do you expect us to forgive) when this is war?”
Chirwa was one the most prominent figures during the first wave of the Fees Must Fall Movement back in 2015. She and Vuyani Pambo are two leaders from the 2015 wave of protests in Johannesburg that later joined the executive committee of the EFF.
See the post below.
Media. Stop this thing of continuing to make of protestors criminals. There was no ‘CLASH’! There was no ‘CROSS FIRE’! Protest action is LEGAL in this country and the POLICE respond with brutal VIOLENCE! Don’t share the burden of violence amongst the two. Students are unarmed!!!
— Naledi Chirwa (@NalediChirwa) March 10, 2021