#FridayStandIn: Thoughtful conversations on civil society and student protests

Inyathelo Acting Executive Director Nomfundo Walaza was invited by radio station Capetalk/702 to be their Friday stand-in on 11 November. In this series, a guest presenter stands in for popular presenter Redi Tlhabi every Friday from 9am-12h00. According to the station “this carefully-selected cast features some of the most interesting personalities in South Africa. Each one brings their unique outlook to the show. They will engage you, challenge you, entertain you, open your mind and try to deal with some of the random calls we sometimes get.”

#FridayStandIn: Thoughtful conversations on civil society and student protests

Following in the footsteps of guests such as former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and social activist, feminist and CEO at Soul City Institute, Lebo Ramafoko, Nomfundo asked listeners to get in touch. “I want to hear from you today – it’s about you telling me your thoughts, your opinions, and how you feel,” she said. “Most importantly, I want you to share. We have a culture of talking about things, and that’s exactly what I want you do.”

Nomfundo began her show with a discussion about the role that civil society currently plays and needs to play, as well as what is prohibiting its work in our country, as we go through turbulent times.

She was first joined by Colleen du Toit, who is the CEO of the Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa; as well as Stanley Henkeman, the Executive Director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.

Nomfundo then examined the psychological implications of the Fees Must Fall protests on the public, on the staff at tertiary institutions, and most importantly, on students and their parents, and the population at large. She shared her own recent work at UCT when she was invited to mediate, assist and advise in the formulation and signing of an agreement between students and the university.

The agreement which led to the commencement of protest free exams was signed on the eve of 6th November. She was joined by her guests Dr Shose Kessi, a senior lecturer in psychology at UCT, as well as a member of Special Executive Task Team; and Khanyisile Mbongwa, a student advocating for free and decolonised education and a member of Umhlangano (otherwise known as the Hiddingh campus).

Nomfundo closed off the show with a discussion on alternative modalities and methods of healing and or traditional healing systems to deal with trauma. She spoke to Nomfundo Mogapi, from the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, and Elelwani Ramugondo from the Division of Occupational Therapy at UCT.


Click here to listen to the interviews from the Cape Talk #FridayStandIn programme