Zuraida Jardine fends off hate for Wits tweets

Zuraida Jardine (Instagram)
Zuraida Jardine (Instagram)

Johannesburg - TV personality Zuraida Jardine had to fend off criticism after her social media posts around the Wits protests in Johannesburg on Wednesday were labelled "insensitive" and "elite".

Zuraida, who is a student at the university, documented the mass strikes on the campus, detailing how she had been unable to leave for hours.

What started off as poking fun at the situation, quickly turned into Zuraida saying that she felt "imprisoned" on campus after being stuck there for over 7 hours.

Striking students blocked off all entrances to the campus, stopping anyone from entering or leaving. Students were protesting against the universities decision to go ahead with fee increases, despite protracted negotiations between the university and students about this.

In her initial posts on Snapchat, Zuraida admitted that she did not know why students were striking, and said she hoped it had to do with getting healthier foods on campus.

"I'm not too sure why they are striking. I hope it's to get healthier foods on campus. I cannot bear to have another samosa on campus. I've put on so much weight this year."

Zuraida, who has previously called herself "Zebra Patta" on the social media site then got out of her car and began to investigate. 

"PYA - I'm not sure what it stands for," she joked.

The Progressive Youth Alliance is one of the main student bodies spearheading the protest action against fee increases on the campus. Zuraida interviewed a member, asking what PYA stands for, again joking that "I hope it's not a Indian sweet meat. I've gained so much weight this year".

Things get serious

But, after being stuck in her car for several hours, Zuraida then went on to Twitter, where she said she thought the protest was peaceful, but no longer felt safe.

The Backlash

Although some thought her initial accounts on the protests were funny, Zuraida soon faced the wrath of others, who lambasted her for making fun of a very real problem in South Africa.

Her defence

But Zuraida was having none of it, saying that she full well understands the gravity of the situation and even agrees with the principle of their cause. But she argued that locking students in the university for hours was not on.