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To Be Palestinian Is To Fight For Your Life

The events of the past few weeks which have left hundreds of Palestinians dead and thousands injured has left most of the world reeling. However, along with the worldwide condemnation of the indiscriminate use of violence by the Israeli state against Palestinians, there has also a blatant bias and justification of Israel’s action. The Daily Vox team spoke to Mariam Barghouti, a Palestinian-American writer living in Palestine to get her story. What does it mean to be Palestinian? That is a very big question. It is a belief.…

Nomvuyo Ngcelwane Tells The Story Of Black People In District Six

Nomvuyo Ngcelwane’s book Sala Kahle District Six was first published in 1998. For the 20th anniversary of the book, publishing house Kwela Books have produced a second edition, a very interesting read which tells the story of black people’s experiences living in District Six in Cape Town. It exposes a new narrative around the place which saw the forced removals of many people during apartheid. Ngcelwane’s autobiography is a description of her family life in the heart of District Six. This was an area in Cape Town which was…

Johannesburg Shows Support For Palestine

May 15 marked the 70th anniversary of the Nakba (Catastrophe) where over 700 000 Palestinian people were expelled from their land. It is the day when the state of Israel was formed in 1948. However, this year the day was also marked by the moving of the United States of America’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on 14 May. Over 60 people were killed in protests with thousands injured. Many around the world took to the streets in condemnation of the violence. The Daily Vox attended a Johannesburg picket of around 100 people…

High Court Reinstates Patricia de Lille’s DA Membership

On Tuesday afternoon, Judges Patrick Gamble and Monde Samela ruled in the case between Patricia de Lille and the Democratic Alliance. The Court reinstated her membership of the party, meaning she was also reinstated as the mayor of the City of Cape Town. Last week, the DA announced that De Lille has ceased to be a member of the party after she had made comments on radio announcing her intention to leave the party. De Lille took the party to court challenging the cessation of her membership. In handing down his judgement,…

‘Expel Israeli Ambassador To SA’: How SA Responded To Gaza Killings

From March 30, Gazans launched a six-week campaign, the "Great March of Return”. They were demanding the right of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to be allowed to return to their land. They were also protesting the blockade of the Gaza Strip. It started on March 30 which is Land Day and is to end on May 15 which marks the Nakba. On May 14, Israeli forces killed 58 Palestinians protesters.  In response to the violence and rising death, the South African government announced that they would be recalling the South…

Extremism In SA: How To View The #MosqueAttack

The Verulam mosque attack which took place in Ottawa. KwaZulu Natal last week Thursday, and left one person dead and two others seriously injured, has left the Muslim and wider South African community scared. There have been no significant leads regarding the attackers and their motivations behind the attacks. There have been speculations of sectarian violence, internal conflicts and extremists elements. However, there has been no definitive answers, for now. The Daily Vox team takes a closer look at the issue. On Sunday…

Lesego Vorster Wants to Get South Africa And Africa Animating

Lesego Vorster is a South African animator and designer who is currently studying at the renowned French animation school, Gobelins. He was the first South African to be accepted to the school which only takes a selected number of new students per year. The Daily Vox team spoke him about his animation and design journey. Vorster has been drawing from a young age, something that he picked up from his uncle. However, it was only when he was much older that he knew he wanted to be an animator. “I didn’t know I wanted to be an…

Patricia De Lille VS The DA: What The Law Says

On Friday 10 May, Patricia De Lille will head to court to challenge the many decisions that have been made about her political future primarily her position as the mayor of Cape Town and her expulsion from the Democratic Alliance (DA) on the basis of a so-called “cessation clause.” We spoke to Phephelaphi Dube, the director at the Centre for Constitutional Rights to make sense of what this all means as De Lille and the DA head to court. On Monday, the DA announced that her membership has been rescinded and that she was…

The Black Mambas Fight Poachers And Stereotypes

The Black Mambas are an all-women poaching unit based within the Baule Nature Reserve which is situated within the Kruger National Park. Hailed as the first majority all-women anti-poaching unit, the group was started by Transfrontier Africa in 2013. Initially the Black Mambas were only supposed to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule Nature Reserve but they now protect all regions of the Reserve.The Daily Vox team spoke to members of the group. The main objective of the group is to protect the reserve and the wildlife…

Patricia De Lille: My Transformation Plan Is When ‘Things Started Going Wrong’

On Tuesday morning, the Democratic Alliance (DA) announced that it would be rescinding the party membership of the City of Cape Town now former mayor Patricia De Lille, by activating a cessation clause in the within the constitution of the party. On Monday morning, the DA’s deputy chairperson of the federal Council, Natasha Mazzone, confirmed the cessation of Patricia De Lille’s membership. According to Clause 3.5.1.2 of the DA constitution: “A member ceases to be a member when he or she publicly declares his or her…

“Conspiracy Of Silence” Happening Around The Rohingya Muslims

After last year’s condemnation around the violence which was being committed against the Rohingya Muslims, the world seems to have gone silent once more around the issue. A pair of activists are doing something to make sure their plight isn’t forgotten. Nay San Lwin is a activist and blogger who runs a blog site, Rohingya Blogger which narrates the on the ground experiences of the Rohingya Muslims who have been facing persecution in Myanmar. Shafiur Rahman is a journalist and documentary maker who has made a doccie about the…

Joburg’s Mayor Stays Being Xenophobic, This Time In Rwanda

This past week, the City of Johannesburg executive mayor Herman Mashaba was in Kigali, Rwanda to attend a panel at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s governance conference. During the panel discussion, Ethiopia-based Kenyan researcher, Michelle Mendi Muita from the Institute for Peace and Security Studies, asked Mashaba “Is there a disconnect between genuine local sentiments (a fear of being overwhelmed by illegal immigrants) and aspirations for free travel and trade in Africa?” She noted that South Africa has not yet signed the…

Data Will Not Fall Just Yet, Icasa Announces

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) held a press conference on Thursday afternoon which reviewed the 2016 End-user and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations. The reviewing of the services charter came about through an initiative of Icasa to deal with the issues relating to data which were viewed as prejudicial to the poor. The Daily Vox team was there. The Icasa chief executive Wellington Ngwepe said the new regulations formed part of a three-phase process which looks at the costs of…

European Banks Called To Answer For Apartheid Crimes

From 24 to 27 April, civil society organisation Open Secrets along with the University of Witwatersrand’s Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) will take a complaint to banks in Belgium and Luxembourg regarding their apartheid economic crimes. They are demanding accountability from the international banks that have financed apartheid. The Daily Vox team rounds up. On 19 April, Open Secrets along with CALS held a panel discussion at the University of Witwatersrand. It was regarding months long research they had conducted…

Mining Affected Communities Come Out In Support Of Xolobeni

Tuesday, 24 April marked the second day of the court proceedings between the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC), the department of mineral resources (DRM), and Australian mining conglomerate Transworld Energy and Minerals (TEM). The ACC, who are representing the Xolobeni farming community, are arguing that the community should have the right to decide how their land is used. Several hundred people gathered outside the court to show their support for the community and the #Right2SayNo campaign. The Daily Vox team was there.…

Mo Salah Is A True Hero

On Sunday night, everybody’s favourite footballer Mohamed “Mo” Salah picked up the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) player of the year for the 2017-18 season. The Liverpool forward has been having a sensational season with the player well on his way to picking up this season’s Golden Boot as well. He has netted 41 goals so far for The Reds and the season isn’t even over yet. However his ability on the field is not the only reason why fans love Mo Salah. Every since his arrival at Liverpool, Mo Salah has been…

Toxic Masculinity In Football Needs To Be Addressed

This weekend, the news and social media were awash with images of Kaizer Chiefs supporters storming onto the pitch of the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Their team had just lost 2-1 to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals and frustrated with the loss, supporters went onto the pitch. They began destroying camera equipment as well as setting fire to parts of the stands. In a video that has since gone viral, a male supporter is seen repeatedly assaulting a security guard on the ground. FATIMA MOOSA writes about why this…

The Xolobeni Community Is Fighting For A Voice In Mining Decisions

From Monday 23 April until Wednesday 25 April, the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) will be meeting the department of mineral resources (DMR) and Australian mining conglomerate Transworld Energy and Minerals (TEM) in the Pretoria High Court regarding the Xolobeni farming community. The ACC, along with the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), will be arguing that in terms of the existing legislative the DMR can’t issue a mining right without the consent of the affected community. The case is around the DMR’s attempts to mine the land…

High Court Ruling Forces NSFAS To Inform Students About Applications

On Tuesday, the High Court in Grahamstown ordered the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to communicate a decision to a Rhodes University student regarding the status of his financial aid. Student, Njabulo Mavuso, who applied for funding via the online application system in November 2017 and submitted all the required documents, was not informed of the status of the application when the 2018 academic year commenced, according to a press statement by the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), which represented him. Mavuso…

Why Durban’s Beaches Are Vanishing

The Durban beachfront is one of South Africa’s most iconic attractions. The kilometers-long promenade, sandy beaches, and warm Indian ocean makes it a popular tourist destination. However, in recent times, something very serious seems to be happening to Durban’s beaches. Conservationists and environmental activists have raised concerns about them. The Daily Vox team takes a further look at what is happening. Visiting the Durban beachfront, it’s not difficult to see that something is amiss. At high tide the water level almost…