City provides tents for Fattis Mansions evictees after they spend the night on the streets

On Wednesday night the residents of Fattis Mansions slept on Jeppe Street after being evicted that morning. This followed a court order of 25 April where they were ordered to vacate within 45 days as the building was deemed “destroyed” due to its ruined and hazardous state. http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/fattis-mansion-residents-question-the-legality-of-their-forced-eviction-mohammed-jameel-abdulla/ On Wednesday evening, the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (Seri) filed an urgent court application to have the…

Fattis Mansion residents question the legality of their forced eviction

Residents of Fattis Mansions on the corner of Jeppe and Harrison Street in the Johannesburg CBD were forcefully evicted by close to 200 Red Ants on Wednesday. The eviction, which affected dozens of people, started at 7am and proceeded well into the afternoon. Residents’ belongings were pulled from the building and dumped in a massive pile along Harrison Street. “They just told us late yesterday. I have been here since 2013. I have three people in my family, one is a baby,” said one resident as they watched their homes…

Airbnb: catalyst for economic growth or agent of gentrification?

With comparatively cheap, hassle-free services, Airbnb has revolutionised the tourist and home-sharing industry worldwide. But not all are convinced that Airbnb represents a step forward for us - especially those of us without property to rent out in the first place. The Daily Vox breaks down the basics of Airbnb and the controversy attached to the Uber of the tourism industry. What is Airbnb? Airbnb is an online marketplace that seeks to connect members looking to rent out their homes with people who want to rent them.…

UCT SRC suspends two members over sexual offence allegations

On Wednesday the University of Cape Town (UCT) Student Representative Council (SRC) informed the UCT community that it had suspended two of its members pending separate investigations into allegations of rape and sexual harassment. In an emailed statement, the SRC said one of the accused, a member of the EFF Student Command, had allegedly raped a student while the other accused, a member of the Pan-Africanist Student Movement of Azania (Pasma), allegedly sexually harassed the same student on a different occasion. Both…

These inhospitable living conditions are the reason the #HoutbayProtests erupted

At least one person died after being caught in a hail of rubber bullets and tear gas when protests broke out in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay, this weekend. Angry residents have been protesting the squalid living conditions in the temporary accommodation set up by the City of Cape Town after fires destroyed their homes in March, as well as the lack of progress in rebuilding the settlement. When The Daily Vox visited on Tuesday, it was clear why this community’s frustrations have boiled over into civil disobedience. There are two…

The Fees Commission’s work is done, but fallists aren’t holding their breath

The Fees Commission was due to complete their final report on the feasibility of free education at the end of June. On Thursday, Musa Ndwandwe, spokesperson for the Fees Commission, confirmed that their work has been completed on time and within budget. The completed final report will be handed over to the Presidency at a date that Ndwandwe was unable to confirm. The Fees Commission report will impact the Fees Must Fall movement in significant ways, depending on its findings on free education. In order to unpack the…

The seven levels of procrastination we all know too well

It’s exam season for campuses around South Africa and the struggle is real. It’s a time of high pressure, stress and the need to cram in all those readings you promised yourself you’d keep on top of at the start of the year (lol). But as you’ve realised, this is easier said than done. Once you give in to the urge to procrastinate, you tend to find yourself engaged in some of the most arb activities, and in the weirdest places on the internet. Engaging in procrastination is a bit like Dante’s descent to the underworld. It’s a…

ConCourt puts #SecretBallot decision back in Mbete’s hands

On Thursday the Constitutional Court of South Africa ruled that speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, has the power to prescribe that voting in a motion of no confidence in the president of the republic of South Africa be conducted by secret ballot. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, speaking for a unanimous court, set aside Mbete’s decision of 6 April 2017 that she does not have the power to prescribe that voting in a motion of no confidence in the president be conducted by secret ballot. The Court sent the United…

What do the homeless do when weather like the #CapeStorm strikes?

This week’s #CapeStorm was said to be the worst storm to hit the Western Cape in three decades. It struck late on Tuesday night and continued off-and-on until Wednesday evening, resulting in at least eight deaths and damage to homes and property. People living in informal settlements are disproportionately affected by extreme weather conditions. But for those with no homes at all, there are no buffers to ease nature’s violent side. On Wednesday morning, The Daily Vox visited Haven Night Shelter, a welfare organisation that…

Statistics surrounding South Africa’s farm murder rate are more political than accurate

A recent analysis by Africa Check, an organisation that promotes accuracy in media reporting, has called into question the accuracy of commonly cited farm murder statistics for South Africa. By looking at the available data, they concluded that it is near impossible to accurately calculate farm murder rates. This calls into question the popular narrative that South Africa’s white farming minority is under siege. Farm murders in South Africa are a highly politicised issue. Outside of the general concern for homicide in the…

Is better regulation the way to make taxis safer for women?

Reports of several women being attacked and raped on taxis this year have revived conversations about the need to make the industry safer. These conversations inevitably lead to the question of regulation. The Daily Vox looked at what it would take to regulate the mode of transport that most South Africans rely on. About 15 million South Africans make their way to school and work each day using minibus taxis. The taxi industry employs 600 000 people, according to the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco). This makes…

#NdloziAtUCT: eloquent on Fanon, basic on feminism

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) spokesperson aka The People’s Bae, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi gave a public lecture on post-colonial African liberation movements at the University of Cape Town (UCT) on Thursday. As some are perhaps unaware, Mbuyiseni is a Ph.D student in Political Sociology at the University of Witwatersrand. Hundreds of students filled the lecture hall over capacity to watch the charismatic EFF leader deliver the flames. Here are five key things The Daily Vox learned. 1. The EFF is trying to speak to feminist…

#TwerkFest: A safe space for black, queer womxn

This Friday is #TwerkFest in Cape Town - a fundraising social event celebrating and claiming space for black, queer *womxn. The space attempts to create a welcoming and liberatory experience for Cape Town’s black and queer community. However, like For Black Girls Only, the event has been met with some controversy for having tiered entrance pricing according to the degree of privilege associated with an attendee’s identity. The Daily Vox spoke to Alex Hotz, one of the organisers of #TwerkFest, to find out more about the…

#VoteofNoConfidence: Secret ballots and ConCourt hearing explained



Since President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle, opposition parties have been pushing for his removal by court action, impeachment and votes of no confidence. Seven previous attempts to remove Zuma through a vote of no confidence and impeachment have failed. A vote of no confidence for President Zuma’s resignation is currently on the table at Parliament but has been postponed while opposition MPs try their best to ensure that the voting method for the motion happens via secret ballots. The Constitutional Court is set to hear…

‘Ringleader’ and collaborators behind Stellenbosch Nazi posters identified

Stellenbosch University has made headway in investigating the imitation Nazi posters that surfaced on its campus on Tuesday. The investigation, led by its Equality Unit and Student Discipline division, has identified three individuals linked to planning the “Anglo-Afrikaaner” event. Stellenbosch’s media liaison, Martin Viljoen, confirmed that , as it stands, the event and posters were primarily organised by one “main organiser”, with the support of others. “We can’t say at this stage that an organisation was behind this, our…

Imitation Nazi posters cause outrage at Stellenbosch University

On Tuesday, social media was in an uproar as images of slightly edited Nazi propaganda posters were circulated online. The posters have been put up around Stellenbosch University purportedly by a group called “The New Right”, and state that a meeting will be held on the 11th of May to "Fight for Stellenbosch" STELLENBOSCH IS A FUCKING TRIP pic.twitter.com/jTrS3wNbxC — Ayesha (@AyeshaTape) May 9, 2017 The edited images are sourced from the League of German Girls, the female section of the Hitler Youth and Nazi progapanda…

Wanelisa Xaba on crowdfunding to pay fees: “I got a lot of shaming from people”

While the #FeesMustFall movement pushes for free decolonised education, students who are unable to afford university are still left to source tuition fees wherever they can. Recently, some students have turned to online crowdfunding to raise funds for their studies. The Daily Vox spoke to activist and writer Wanelisa Xaba about her recent decision to crowdfund her varsity fees. What made you decide to crowdfund? I needed funding for tuition and living expenses to be able to finish my master's because ever since my honours…

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…