The panel discussion planned for yesterday ended in chaos as various student organisations, including the South African Students Congress and the EFF Students Command, clashed as the organiser and secretary-general of the University Law Students Association (USLA), Shatadi Phoshoko, wanted to open the programme and welcome the guests.
Loud chanting from the back of the auditorium drowned her out, with objectors telling her to sit down and be quiet as they did not recognise her.
Phoshoko said she did not know why such animosity had been directed at her, but she knew some people had not been happy about the event.
“I felt attacked and maybe they do not respect me because I am a female. It is shocking behaviour, given the state of the country and the violence being meted out to women. This discussion was also meant to address such issues,” said Phoshoko