Hlengiwe Ndlovu is currently working on a thesis towards her PHD at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is also one of three women who took off their bras during a #FeesMustFall protest on Tuesday‚ October 4‚ saying they were tired of being brutalised.
In an interview with the Northcliff Melville Times she explained their main objective was to stop police discharging stun grenades to disperse students.
“The narrative that appeared on TV changed that particular moment. If you see a woman stripping‚ it means that it is a broader societal problem in terms of violence‚” she said.
“The moment that we stepped into the protest‚ because as much we were displaying the intolerance of violence‚ at the same time‚ it was a form of resistance to say the very same woman’s body is capable of ceasing fire and no one from national or local government could stop it‚” she told the newspaper.
“It’s for free education. Stop shooting us‚ comrades. Cease fire‚ comrades. It’s for free education‚” they were heard chanting in a video posted on Twitter by @LirandzuThemba.
Ndlovu also talked about her journey from orphan to factory worker‚ and currently a senior student at one of South Africa’s top universities where she is completing her thesis towards her PhD.