In March 2016, UNISA and the Thabo Mbeki Foundation hosted a roundtable in commemoration of International Women’s Day, under the theme “Black Women’s Bodies, Black Women’s Lives: resisting misogyny and femicide in contemporary South Africa”
The Key Note Speaker was Marilyn Muthoni Kamuru, a practising Kenyan lawyer and activist.
The second panel of the seminar was entitled: Young, Black and Feminist in South Africa Today: challenges and celebrations’ and it featured emerging Black Feminists – Panashe Chigumadzi and Sandile Ndelu.
Fallism first emerges in early 2015 as Rhodes Must Fall, a collective of predominantly Black students that mobilised for the physical removal of a once prominently placed brass statue of colonial-era politician and businessman, Cecil John Rhodes, as well as the institutional eradication of Rhodes’ colonial legacy from the University of Cape Town (Ndelu, 2017:58). Later that year, the movement takes root at various institutions of higher learning, as Fee Must Fall – a unified call for the decommodification of higher education (Ndelu, 2017:58).
Fallism borrowed greatly from both the theory and praxis espoused by the Black Consciousness Movement