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The President’s Keepers: State capture, white vindication

The Johannesburg launch of Jacques Pauw’s controversial book, “The President’s Keepers”, was a noteworthy event. For some, the launch represented a rallying point against the scourge of state corruption. For others the hype surrounding the book itself, which has attracted legal action and an attempt to ban, was simply just very exciting. But for others, the thing that stood out most was something quite separate - it was how incredibly white the audience at the book launch was. As Sunday Times journalist Qaanitah Hunter…

Legal toolkit for student protesters in South Africa

On Tuesday the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (Seri) released a legal and practical guide to student protests. It is a user-friendly guide for students to better understand their rights when engaging in protests, the procedures of law and how to protect themselves when undertaking disruptive activism. It draws inspiration primarily from the experiences of student protests since 2015 and is a useful toolkit for student protesters. The Daily Vox looks at how the document answers five legal questions that come…

UCT granted interdict against disruptions, classes to resume from Wednesday

On Monday the University of Cape Town was granted an interim interdict by the Western Cape High Court against the disruption of university activities. The interdict comes as a response to the recent wave of #FeesMustFall protests calling for a number of demands, including free decolonised education for all. The interdict effectively means that students found disrupting any academic activity - disrupting lectures, setting off fire alarms, blocking entrances to campus - will be in contempt of court, and may be arrested as a…

Cape Town social housing residents protest evictions due to unaffordable rent

On Monday residents of Steen Villa, a social housing complex in Retreat, in the south of Cape Town, blockaded Military Road preventing cars from passing. The residents were protesting after hearing rumours that many families would be evicted by the managers with the Social Housing Company (Sohco), which manages Steen Villa. Sohco is a low-income housing non-profit organisation that works with the City of Cape Town. A resident who asked to remain anonymous told the Daily Vox that they had been involved in a long ordeal with…

CPUT: a militarised campus is the new norm

After weeks of ongoing tensions, four expulsions, petrol-bombed buildings, the resignation of a dodgy vice chancellor and the temporary closure of campus due to escalating protests, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) campuses finally re-opened on Wednesday. Management reported negotiations had taken place with students, which meant that the storm had finally passed. But that was hardly the case. At a mass meeting on Wednesday, students made it clear that CPUT would not return to business as usual until a…

#WalkForFreedom: Capetonians take a stand against modern-day slavery

Human trafficking still exists, both internationally and locally, yet not many South Africans are aware of it. On Saturday international advocacy group A21 held its #WalkForFreedom campaign to raise awareness of the continued reality of human trafficking around the globe. A21 hosted over 600 walks in various cities, in what they say was the largest international demonstration held against slavery. The Daily Vox followed the #WalkForFreedom Cape Town event. Around 1 000 people congregated at Cape Town High School on Saturday…

Saftu still awaiting permission for a November general strike

Cosatu embarked on a national strike on Wednesday to protest corruption and state capture. The recently formed South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) didn’t attend; instead it’s called for its own section 77 general strike in November. Saftu spokesperson Patrick Craven told the Daily Vox that Saftu has called for the strike over issues relating to the economy and the economic growth path of the country. “We need a radically new growth path based on job creation, reducing poverty and inequality. But our demands…

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.…