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Amidst extreme politicking at Wits, the EFF takes the SRC

On Thursday, the University of Witwatersrand chapter of the Economic Freedom Fighters, also known as Wits EFF Student Command (EFFSC) announced it had won the 2017 Student Representative Council (SRC) elections. The SRC elections which were conducted this year via online voting were marred by fighting between the student political parties on social media as well as allegations of voter fraud. The Daily Vox team rounds up. Wits EFFSC was announced as the winners of the election late on Thursday evening. It won 12 out of the…

Joburg drops nine places in Safe Cities survey

Johannesburg has dropped nine places in a global survey on city safety. It now ranks 50th out of the 60 countries surveyed. This is according to a report by The Economist’s intelligence unit and global IT services group NEC. The Daily Vox team takes a closer look at what this means. The index, released earlier this week, ranks cities on 49 security indicators, including health, infrastructure, personal security and digital security. The index is meant to help policymakers better understand and address urban security issues.…

New comedy series about African women aims to redefine blackness

Sqúad is a comedy series created by filmmaker Helena Morgane that is described as a ‘melanated’ comedy. It tells the story of a group of women from the African diaspora who are living together in Rio de Janeiro. In order to make the series, the team behind Sqúad launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money. The Daily Vox team rounds up. Sqúad tells the story of a group of Black women living together. The story starts when the two oldest roommates drunkenly post an advertisement looking for black roommates. From there the…

This is what Raila Odinga’s withdrawal from Kenya’s repeat election means

In the latest Kenyan election drama, opposition leader, Raila Odinga announced he is withdrawing from the repeat election, due to take place at the end of October. In September, the Supreme Court cancelled the previous month's election results after Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was found to have not held a legitimate election. http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/heres-why-kenyans-are-heading-back-to-the-polls-on-october-26-fatima-moosa/   The Daily Vox team rounds up the latest twist in Kenya's…

The people of Togo are fighting back against despotism

Protests have erupted recently in Togo. The protests started up in September and have continued into this month. People are unhappy with the current president, Faure Gnassingbe, who took over the presidency after the death of his father, Eyadema Gnassingbe in 2005. He was re-elected in 2010 and again in 2015. Eyadema Gnassingbe ruled over Togo from 1967. It is this 50-year rule over the country with no socio-economic improvement for the people that is at the root cause of the protests. The National Alliance for Change, who…

Here’s why the UN is calling for more women peacekeepers

The United Nations recently recommended that countries increase the number of female peacekeepers in peacekeeping missions. Last month, during the 71st UN General Assembly in New York, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said deploying more women peacekeepers would result in “higher reporting of incidents and lower numbers of incidents overall”. We set a target of recruiting 15% women as military observers and staff officers by Dec & 20% female @UNPOL officers by 2020 #UNGA pic.twitter.com/AMyAuBDVd0 — UN Peacekeeping…

The SA and Israeli governments are closer than you may think

Civil society group Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions-South Africa (BDS-SA) had strong words for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) this week after pictures emerged of a Dirco official giving the departing Israeli ambassador to South Africa, Arthur Lenk, a farewell gift. The Daily Vox unpacks the seemingly contradictory behaviour of the ANC and South African government. It may seem like a trivial matter, but BDS-SA didn’t pull any punches when it released a statement about Dirco’s gift giving…

Outspoken Makhosi Khoza quits the ANC and Twitter brought the fire

Former ANC MP Makhosi Khoza, who has been a fearless critic of corruption in government today quit the party. Twitter could not deal. The Daily Vox rounds up. On Thursday morning, Khoza who has been increasingly sidelined at parliament following her outspoken criticism of President Jacob Zuma and the decline of the ruling party, held a press briefing at Lilliesleaf Farm. It was anticipated that she would be making a very important announcement. #MakhosiKhoza Starts her briefing at Lilliesleaf in Johannesburg. She’s expected…

SA needs a stronger stance on the Rohingya Crisis

Over three hundred thousand Rohingya have been displaced since August 25, and there have been reports of indiscriminate killing and the burning of their villages. The United Nations (UN) has strongly condemned the violence, but the South African response has been lukewarm, writes Fatima Moosa. The Rohingya are a group which has for centuries lived in what is now the Rakhine state, Myanmar, along the border of Bangladesh. Many of the Rohingya, who are mostly Muslim, live in refugee camps along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border,…

Calls for constitutional reforms in Togo

Protests against Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe are intensifying, with a march against the Gnassingbe family’s fifty year rule in the works. The Daily Vox team rounds up. The Gnassingbe family have held power in Togo for the past fifty years. Current president Faure Gnassingbe took over the presidency in 2005, following the death of his father, Eyadema Gnassingbe who had ruled for 38 years. Why are people protesting? Protests broke out in late August when the opposition party, Le Parti National Panafricain (PNP), called…

The EFF are showing us academic flames

#BlackExcellence was in full force at the graduation ceremony of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) commander-in-chief Julius Malema on Wednesday. Juju was awarded an honours degree in philosophy from the University of South Africa (Unisa) and social media could not contain their excitement. The Daily Vox Team rounds up. Must Watch: Our CIC @Julius_S_Malema being awarded his degree of BA Honors in Philosophy by UNISA #MalemaGraduation pic.twitter.com/avCwHFIv5K — IG: @MbuyiseniNdlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) September 6, 2017…

Here’s why Kenyans are heading back to the polls on October 26

Kenyans head back to the polls on October 17 for a new presidential election - its second for the year. . This second election will come just weeks after the Kenyan Supreme Court nullified the results of the August 8 election. President Uhuru Kenyatta, opposition leader Raila Odinga and their running mates will be the only candidates on the ballot according to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). The Daily Vox team explains. On Friday, 1 September, Kenya’s Chief Justice David Maraga nullified the…

Here’s why we need to give zama-zamas mining permits

In August, informal miners marched on the department of mineral resources (DMR) in Pretoria to demand the legalisation of small-scale mining and a moratorium on the what’s been described as the persecution of illegal miners. Legalising artisanal mining could make the sector safer and could help boost the economy. The Daily Vox team explains how. In South Africa, small-scale or artisanal mining is unregulated. It involves people with pickaxes and shovels digging for precious metals in unused or abandoned mines shafts or open…

A week after deathly mudslides, Sierra Leone is battling to recover

The disastrous mudslides in Sierra Leone this month are one of the worst natural disasters to ever take place in Africa. At least 500 people are thought to be dead and more than 800 people are still missing. Thousands have been left homeless and displaced. The Daily Vox team rounds up the situation more than a week after the disaster. In mid-August, Sierra Leone experienced torrential rains which overwhelmed Freetown’s sewage system and triggered catastrophic landslides. The mountain town of Regent, situated on the outskirts…

Running South Africa like the AU might not be a good idea, NDZ

ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma recently said that if she became president of South Africa, she could do for South Africa what she did for the African Union (AU) Commission. But that might not necessarily be a good thing. The Daily Vox team explains. Last week, speaking at the launch of her book about her time as the head of the AU, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma likened the continent’s need for stability to South Africa’s, and said that the challenges facing South Africa are similar to those the AU faced. “What we…

Mozambican farmers fight plan to turn savannah into soybean farm

Mozambican farmers and activists are fighting back against a much-touted plan to turn large tracts of savannah into soya bean farms, to supply feedstock to Chinese pig farms, as part of a multinational development project. On Thursday, representatives of the “No to ProSavana” campaign presented their case at a tribunal set up by the Southern Africa Permanent People’s Tribunal on Transnational Corporation. The tribunal was set up by the Southern Africa Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power, consisting of community-based…

Anti-immigrant laws are on the rise on Europe and the USA

In some Western countries, anti-immigrant and xenophobic sentiments start at the top. The Daily Vox team rounds up a few states with problematic anti-immigrant laws. 1. Italy Italy is the latest country to come up with an anti-immigrant policy. The Italian interior ministry has created a code of conduct for NGOs operating rescue ships on the Mediterranean Sea which aid groups say could endanger lives. It proposes that rescue ships disembark survivors at a place of safety instead of transferring them to other ships. This…

Five books about exceptional South African women you need to read

August 9 is Women’s Day in South Africa, and we commemorate the anti-apartheid activists who marched on the Union Buildings and burned their pass books. However, even the bravest, strongest women have been relegated to the background compared to their male counterparts. So in honour of the women of the struggle, The Daily Vox team rounds up five books to read this Women’s Day. 1. "Fatima Meer: Memories of Love and Struggle" - Fatima Meer "Memories of Love and Struggle" is Fatima Meer’s memoir that begins with her entry into…

Janna Jihad, 11-year-old journalist, wants South Africans to help Palestine

Eleven-year-old Janna Jihad made headlines in 2016 when she began reporting on the injustices that Palestinians were facing in Jerusalem, Hebron and Nablus. She has managed to reach a sizeable audience documenting the everyday oppresions of Palestinian people. Accompanied by her uncle, Bilal Tamimi and other Palestinian child activists, Jihad visited South Africa as part of the Shamsaan (Two Suns) Children of Palestine Tour. The Daily Vox team spoke to the young activists. On Friday afternoon, the children visited the…