What exactly is ‘spatial apartheid’ and why is it still relevant in 2017?

For the past few months, the Reclaim the City campaign has been drawing attention to economic segregation and gentrification in the City of Cape Town. On Friday, 24 March, they occupied Helen Bowden and Woodstock hospitals with a list of demands for the City of Cape Town and the provincial government. Among their demands is the development of affordable housing in the inner city, and the desegregation of the city.  The campaign’s occupation came after the provincial cabinet decided to sell off publicly-owned land in…

Geopolitricks: there’s nothing radical about President Jacob Zuma or BRICS

Over the past few months President Jacob Zuma, and many of his supporters, have argued that the attacks on ANC and instability in South Africa are part of a plot by Western powers to discredit the leadership of the country. According to them, President Jacob Zuma is being targeted for challenging white monopoly capital, pushing for radical economic transformation and siding with the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) bloc of emerging economies against Western economic imperialism. We must deal with this idea…

Ten alternatives to putting #ZumaMustFall on your protest signs

South Africans are unhappy. This we know. Over the next few weeks it looks like we’ll be seeing wide-scale protests throughout South Africa covering a range of issues, but particularly calling for the resignation of President Jacob Zuma. It’s been a heavy and serious month, so in light of the fact that folk will likely be out on the streets with similar posters - “ZumaMustFall”, “SAMustRise” etc, (which can get boring and repetitive), The Daily Vox team has some advice on how to create the perfect protest placard. 1. Make…

We can’t be expected to unite with racists against Zuma

A Facebook page called “Impeach the leech - Zuma Must Fall” is calling for South Africans “to come together and help us get rid of our corrupt president and his captured friends”. The page has over 49 000 likes and the predominantly white South Africans who follow the page have been venting their frustrations with Zuma in an uninhibited, derogatory and racist manner. One of the many images posted by the page features President Zuma in traditional Zulu attire and is utilised as a point of ridicule. Allen Schmidt, a commenter,…

Why we want nothing to do with your #BlackMonday

South Africans are donning black this Monday in protest of President Jacob Zuma’s recent cabinet reshuffle, but not us. White South Africans, corporate backers of Save SA and factions of the ANC have convinced us that this is the last stand before South Africa’s imminent collapse, that Zuma is the embodiment of South Africa’s slide towards the fiscal failure of Zimbabwe, and that now is a time for unity. But for us, the time for unity has come and gone many times before. The 'Support #BlackMonday for the sake of South…

Steven Friedman on what SA can do to get rid of Zuma

The Daily Vox spoke to Steven Friedman, political analyst and director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, about the options South Africans have to remove President Jacob Zuma. There’s a sentiment of despondency in South Africa at the moment in light of the brazen acts of President Zuma and the continual failures to hold him to account. The latest cabinet reshuffle is but the latest of a series of events that signal that South Africa is heading down a dangerous path. Is this despondency justified? No, I don’t think…

Malema: ‘It is done, the country is captured – now is the time for unity against this’

At the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) press conference on Friday, Commander in Chief Julius Malema rejected Jacob zuma’s midnight cabinet reshuffle. Malema spoke emphatically on a range of issues and called what was taking place a national crisis. “It is done, the country is captured. Treasury is now in the hands of the Guptas,” said Malema. Why the ministers were removed Malema argued that the ministers fired were disposed of because they had very little political support - no constituency - within the ANC and were thus…

Condemning Wits anti-Semitism isn’t enough – there must be consequences

The response to the open display of anti-Semitism at Wits on Thursday severely lacked conviction. http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/student-groups-condemn-goose-step-hitler-salute-wits/ While the Wits Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC), Amnesty International Wits, and the Wits Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) released a joint statement “unequivocally and unconditionally” condemning the incident - this is not enough. Even the promise of hauling the student in front of an MSA disciplinary committee next week is not enough. And…

Charges withdrawn against Philippi High learners who protested against learning in ‘shipping containers’

Eight learners from Phillippi High in the Western Cape were released without charge on Wednesday after being detained overnight at Nyanga police station. They and seven other learners were arrested on Tuesday evening on charges of public violence. “Fifteen learners were arrested for public violence in Heinz Park after a protest in their school. Seven of them were juveniles and were dealt with in terms of Child Justice Act,” sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana from the SAPS Western Cape media centre told the Daily Vox. On Tuesday…

Judaism and Zionism: What is the difference?

A central point of contention during #IsraeliApartheidWeek is the allegation that being anti-Zionist means one is necessarily anti-Semitic. While there are no doubt examples where one may be both, it’s unclear whether, and how, the two are necessarily linked. In order to get clarity on this, The Daily Vox spoke to Professor Antony Arkin, chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal Zionist Council and the Treasurer of the South African Zionist Federation, and Allan Kolski Horwitz, an activist for National Coalition for Palestine, trade…

Should Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o have asked white people to leave his UCT public lecture?

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is one of Africa’s most influential and celebrated scholars of decolonialism. His series of public lectures taking place at universities around South Africa comes at a time when the topics of Afrocentrism, decolonialism, language, and the role of public institutions is of immediate concern to many - especially fallists. It is perhaps for this reason that a group of students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) felt inclined to orchestrate an intervention at his talk on the campus on Friday. Kolosa Ntombini…

Watch this talented Durban chef spice up Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud

A video that’s gone viral locally has us all wanting to hear more - wondering whether her cooking is as good as her vocals. It features Anasia Govender, AKA Annalakshmi, the chef at Chilli Kadhai Restaurant and Take Away in Durban promoting her restaurant with her own parody of Ed Sheeran’s hit song “Thinking Out Loud”. While her singing talent is blowing people away, her witty lyrics are just as spicy: “Darling I will be cooking you food till I’m 70. And baby my food will be tasting as good at 83. And I’m thinking about how…

NSFAS head Sizwe Nxasana accounts for this year’s funding delays

Following weeks of uncertainty and frustration at many universities, which students and academics have attributed to National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) delays, The Daily Vox was finally able hold a private interview with the chairperson of NSFAS, Sizwe Nxasana. He spoke to us about the reasons for the delays, the new student-centred model and accountability. How has the progress of NSFAS been this year? This year has been a transition year, so we’re migrating from the old way of how students applied for financial…

In defence of fallism: A response to #FeesMustFall critics

In an article published recently on The Daily Vox, Ebrahim Fakir and Ayesha Soni posed some serious challenges to the #FeesMustFall (FMF) movement, and members of the fallist movement. This contentious engagement is welcome, as it draws attention to a number of issues that have been - continually - leveled against the student movement over the years. In hopes of taking the discussion forward, The Daily Vox has unpacked some of the key claims raised by the authors which speak to general concerns many in the public have…

The 10 cliques you’ll meet on South African campuses

So you’re a first year on and trying to navigate the weird and wonderful social scene of your university life. Maybe you’re coming from a small town, rural village, the inner city or leafy suburbs. Maybe you partied a lot in high school, or never really went out much because of financial constraints or a conservative home. Perhaps you, just like most young adults, are trying to find yourself and where you feel you belong. Along the way, here are some of the groupings you’ll likely meet on your journey. These are, of course,…

Five things that should be in place before we endorse the national minimum wage

The national minimum wage debate has been hotly contested over the years. On 8 February, after decades of campaigning and negotiation, all but one of the constituents of the National Economic Development Labour Advisory Council (Nedlac) signed an agreement to implement a national minimum wage in South Africa. The signing of this agreement is a groundbreaking development. But for many, the signing of the agreement is only the start - and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has not yet signed. The Daily Vox…

NSFAS delays leave students uncertain and unfunded

Delays regarding National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funding have left prospective university students in limbo, and some institutions in chaos. The knock-on effect of the slowed process is being felt as the first semester of university begins for 2017. As of 8 February, 175, 348 students have received confirmation of financial aid from NSFAS to further their studies at any of the 26 public universities. Just under 10,000 applications were rejected for not meeting the NSFAS financial eligibility criteria. While the…

Immigrants standing against illegal activity in Rosettenville face hostility from community

Monday in Rosettenville was an odd day. A delegation of government officials, including Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, were doing the rounds visiting suburbs around Johannesburg with a blue light brigade. Rosettenville was one of their stops; their final and arguably most important one. The situation in Rosettenville is now an issue of national discussion, touching on concerns of police inadequacy, corruption, poverty, crime, and xenophobia. It’s a mess that echoes the struggles faced in many other urban areas in…

#MashabaInAction: Making Rosettenville Great Again

On Wednesday evening Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba swooped in on Rosettenville with SAPS in tow, and began raiding residences. I'm raiding in Rosettenvile with @MichaelSun168 and @FunzelaZA #MashabaInAction pic.twitter.com/kG09NZ5tpf — Herman Mashaba (@HermanMashaba) February 8, 2017 In a series of tweets, the mayor broadcasted his findings and declarations that crime would not rule under his watch. Many residents seemed thankful for the intervention and #MashabaInAction was soon trending. It's the criminals that must…

Rosettenville’s mob justice against illegal activities isn’t as simple as it seems

On Sunday, 5 February, a group of over 100 residents from in and around Rosettenville, Johannesburg, gathered on Verona Street in protest against drug dealers and brothel owners harming their community. In the early hours of Sunday morning, the protesters enacted mob justice on a local nightclub and at least three private residences. Each place was looted and at least partially set on fire. All of the sites that were targeted were owned by Nigerian immigrants. Not as simple as vigilante justice On Monday, The Daily Vox…