- Nompendulo Mkatshwa came to attention for her role in the 2015 #FeesMustFall protests
- She was involved in the protests as the Wits SRC president
- Mkatshwa is now in the top 50 on the ANC's election list
Nompendulo "Ulo" Mkatshwa, a former leader of #FeesMustFall, is slated to join parliament on the ANC ticket.
Mkatshwa appears in the top 50 on the ANC's election list, meaning that in all likelihood she will be elected after the upcoming election.
She just needs to make it through the party's vetting process.
Mkatshwa came to national attention in 2015 as major figure in the protests that rocked South African universities. She is a former Wits SRC president and led a student march to the ANC's Luthuli House headquarters in October 2015.
Mkatshwa caused controversy amongst the #FeesMustFall movement when she appeared on the cover of Destiny magazine wearing ANC colours. At the time of the protests, several Wits students viewed her as being too closely aligned to the ruling party.
After stepping down from her leadership position, it was reported that Mkatshwa was furthering her studies through UNISA. She currently holds a BSc in Geography from Wits University.
The vetting process Mkatshwa will need to pass has been described by the ANC as an attempt to find candidates with integrity. ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said the vetting process would exclude candidates with criminal backgrounds, and those who had been found guilty of fostering divisions and not being loyal to the ANC.
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