Two All-Residence Committee (ARC) members have lashed out at the current chairperson and new SRC member Justice Nkomo.

Thapelo Mashamaite and Godfrey Dlamini said Nkomo undertook ARC chairperson office in order to use it to propel his campaign for SRC membership. The two ARC members are sceptical as to whether Nkomo is competent to take up a position in the SRC.

Nkomo’s leadership in ARC has been continually challenged. Mashamaite said he failed to deal with the unfair dismissal of David Webster Res from the All Residence Debating tournament held in August.

“I cannot say Nkomo is to blame for the debating debacle but his handling of the prevailing situation could have been better,” Mashamaite said.

Dlamini and Mashamaite have also questioned the timing of the all residence visits Nkomo organised when the SRC elections were approaching. The pair compared Nkomo to the likes of Floyd Shivambu and Julius Malema of the ANC Youth League.

“He is an opportunist but does not draw as nearly many crowds nor is he charismatic and persuasive,” said Mashamaite.

In response, Nkomo said it is the nature of people to focus on the negatives and neglect the positive aspects of a leader. ARC and SRC members were elected based on leadership credibility, Nkomo said.

“I have been elected into the SRC by the people with confidence. I won the most outstanding leadership award in the ARC last year because I had been competent,” he said.

Nkomo also pointed out that it was out of his own “goodwill” to serve as the Esselen chairperson and the ARC chairperson.

“Holding a position in the house committee and ARC is a mere thing compared to higher governing structures like the SRC. You don’t choose where to lead but lead where people want you to lead,” he said.