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Family and colleagues show solidarity with arrested Shoprite workers at court hearing

Seven of the eight Shoprite cashiers who were arrested in August for accepting tips appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates court on Wednesday under charges of theft. The case was further postponed until the 20th of October. The eighth cashier’s hearing was postponed to the 3rd of October. At the court hearing today a small group of family and colleagues picketed in support of the seven cashiers. Shoprite Seven arrested for allegedly accepting tips from customers @AJGMolyneaux - READ: https://t.co/lbVizObxDc…

#SAPSCapture: when police serve politicians, not the law

As the Moerane Commission of Inquiry probes the 89 political killings in KwaZulu Natal since 2011, The Daily Vox explores the disturbing trend of the South African Police Services (SAPS) acting as politicians’ personal enforcers. The commission, chaired by advocate Marumo Moerane, heard allegations last month that police are either complicit in the killings or are working to protect certain individuals. Analysts are also convinced that political interference is the reason arrests are not being made. The Durban shackdwellers…

UCT mass meeting: workers’ strike, interdict and possibility of shutdown

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has interdicted a South African Liberated Public Sector Workers Union (Salipswu) strike that was planned for Thursday morning. The interdict was filed on the technical grounds that the union did not specify the time and place the strike would take place, as required under labour law. Salipswu has subsequently withdrawn its notice to strike and plans to submit a new notice to strike at a later date. At a mass meeting held on Wednesday to update students on the ongoing conflict between UCT…

UCT will not be shut down on Wednesday morning

Plans to shut down the University of Cape Town (UCT) on Wednesday have been delayed in order to comply with labour laws. The South African Liberated Public Sector Workers Union (Salipswu) told the Daily Vox that the union would not strike on Wednesday morning, despite rumours that a shutdown would go ahead. Salipswu representative Abraham Agulhas told the Daily Vox that for the strike to be legal, the union had to give UCT 48 hours notice. The union gave the university notice on Monday afternoon, meaning it can only hold a…

Five takeaways from Mamdani’s UCT lecture on decolonising education

On Tuesday celebrated decolonial scholar Mahmood Mamdani returned to UCT, an institution he once accused of becoming “a new home for Bantu education”. After refusing to set foot at UCT, he returned 16 years later to give the TB Davie Memorial lecture on academic freedom. Here are five key points that the Daily Vox learned from Mamdani’s lecture on decolonising universities. 1. Mamdani only returned to UCT because Rhodes fell and birthed the decolonisation project In the mid-90s Mahmood Mamdani was the AC Jordan Professor of…

Imizamo Yethu residents complain of corruption, nepotism in rebuilding efforts

On Tuesday, members of the Imizamo Yethu community marched to the Cape Town mayor’s office in protest of the city’s super-blocking project, which they have rejected, and delivered a list of demands to mayor Patricia de Lille. The Daily Vox visited Imizamo Yethu to speak to residents about their concerns. Nombuyiseno Ndudi, 36 We were very proud of the turnout at the protest in Cape Town. We were told it was a minority that doesn’t want the super-blocking, but clearly that is not the case. Even before talking about…

Three reasons #UniteBehind is different from #ZumaMustFall and #BlackMonday

Civil society organisations in Cape Town are marched to Parliament on Monday afternoon to call for the removal of President Jacob Zuma. This came ahead of Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete’s decision on the no-confidence vote. The coalition, which calls itself #UniteBehind, is taking centre stage and Monday’s march promises to be quite different from previous campaigns calling for Zuma’s fall. The #ZumaMustFall and #BlackMonday campaigns were met with considerable criticism from the public, particularly from those who…

Education MEC and St John’s community seek expulsion of racist teacher

A prestigious private boys’ school, St John’s College (SJC) in Johannesburg, has found a senior teacher guilty of numerous racist remarks directed at learners. But learners, old boys, and parents believe he got off lightly. Concerned parents have asked the Gauteng education MEC to intervene, and he will visit the school on Friday. The racist remarks the teacher directed at learners included: Telling black students that they only do well when they sit next to white learners; Openly stating that he dislikes A-level learners…

Joburg’s nationalistic attitude rears its head in Fattis Mansions, Cape York incidents

The divergent realities of people evicted from Fattis Mansions last week, and the victims of the Cape York fire, have highlighted Johannesburg’s nationalistic attitudes towards those in need of assistance from government. Residents from both buildings, which stand close to each other in the Johannesburg CBD, were relocated to the fields of Wembley Stadium in Johannesburg South after losing their homes but their circumstances, and futures, will be vastly different. Fattis Mansions residents were forcibly removed from their…

Fattis evictees: Fattis was not a hijacked building, we owned property and paid rent legally

Former residents of Fattis Mansion, a dilapidated block of flats in the Johannesburg CBD have told the Daily Vox that they are upset about the way the City and media have cast them as "illegal foreigners" who had “hijacked” the building.  A “hijacked building” is commonly understood as property that has been taken over by criminals from absent owners or rent collectors. These buildings, usually dilapidated, are occupied by people who then pay rent to criminals collecting money illegally. But Fattis Mansion residents say they…

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…