UP students are unhappy with racial dynamics in residences

Students at the University of Pretoria (UP) held a mass meeting last week to complain of a lack of inclusivity and what they say is the university’s failure to accommodate black students in its residences. According to the student newspaper, Perdeby, students complained that the university had a racial quota for accepting students into residences, an “unfair split” of 50% white and 50% “other” students. One student who the Daily Vox spoke to this week also claimed that certain white students, the children of alumni, received…

How can we prevent sexual violence in taxis and public spaces?

South Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the world. Harassment and sexual violence towards women using public transport are also rife. According to ActionAid SA (an organisation which focuses on people who face discrimination) , 69% of women who use public transport say they have witnessed sexual violence and/or harassment. The Daily Vox spoke to young people at taxi ranks in Johannesburg to find out how they think this could be prevented. Omphemetse Moroto, 21, student, Mafikeng There is no use…

Young, unemployed and without proper shelter in Freedom Park

Freedom Park is one of the areas in the south of Johannesburg which have recently seen protests over land, housing and unemployment. Residents say they have been protesting for land and housing for over two decades, but government has failed them. Young people have also been vocal about lack of jobs and increasing crime in the area. Some, like Thobekani Mpungose (27), have had to deal with all these issues at the same time. The structure Thobekani calls home is a small one-bedroom shack in the middle of a sea of newly-built…

Joburgers on the #SecretBallot: “These are issues that affect us, but they are not involving us”

As the Constitutional Court heard the United Democratic Movement’s arguments for a secret ballot in the vote of no confidence against Jacob Zuma on Monday, those outside navigated through a group of parked police vans to get on with their daily business. Before the arrival of the DA’s Mmusi Maimane and the EFF’s Julius Malema - arm in arm - buses dropped off small groups of political party supporters, who were carrying “Zuma Must Fall” signs, while an empty EFF truck played music. The Daily Vox spoke to some people outside…

Our schools need to teach teenagers about homosexuality

Despite the protection provided by the South African Constitution, victimisation and bullying of LGBTQIA+ students in schools is a prevalent issue that the department of basic education has been neglecting. Masixole Loliwe (18) from the Eastern Cape is a matriculant at a school in Mdantsane township. He spoke to the Daily Vox about the challenges he faces as a queer teenager in South Africa. For the longest time, I knew there was something different about me. I tried to hide being gay from friends and family because I didn’t…

Coligny residents angry as farmers accused of teenager’s murder get bail

Two North West farmers, accused of killing 16-year-old Matlahomola Jonas Mosweu in Coligny, have been granted bail of R5 000 each. Pieter Doorewaard and Philip Schutte were arrested on 25 April for the death of Matlahomola, who allegedly stole sunflower seeds on their farm on 20 April. The two farmers testified that the teenager jumped off their moving bakkie, trying to escape, while being taken to the police station. However, a witness said he saw the two farmers beating up Mosweu. Residents from Coligny were upset by the…

What do young Joburgers think of the state of their city?

Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba delivered his first State of The City Address on Wednesday, 3 May 2017. He highlighted five social issues that he plans to resolve this year, namely: unemployment, poor city infrastructure, improper housing, corruption and drug smuggling. The Daily Vox asked young Joburgers whether Mashaba is on the right track, or if there are other issues they feel need to be prioritised. Athenkosi Guntu, 25, freelance photographer and writer, Soweto So he mentioned unemployment and I think that’s a good…

Four SA universities told to review their law programmes

Four universities - Unisa, Walter Sisulu University (WSU), North West University (NWU) and the University of the Free State (UFS) - have failed to fully meet the LLB qualification standards as set out by the Council on Higher Education (CHE). But students don’t need to panic about their qualifications just yet. The Daily Vox takes a closer look. CHE conducted its first national LLB curriculum assessment of 17 law schools in 2016 to evaluate whether or not the universities met the curriculum criteria set out by the Department…

What has democracy done for you?

Today marks the 23rd anniversary of South Africa’s first free and fair elections. The Daily Vox asked a few citizens what freedom means to them and what our democracy has done for them. Thabo Makhudu, 33, chef, Orange Grove In 1994, I was young, I was not at the age to vote. I remember it was fun, seeing the long queues, seeing Mandela becoming our president, seeing a black person become president for the first time. That was fun. Democracy means I can see all the foreigners being accepted into our country. As a South…

Family loses father and two children in Bronkhorstspruit accident

A road accident in Bronkhorstspruit involving a scholar transport taxi and a truck on Friday claimed the lives of 18 children and two adults, leaving several families devastated. On Saturday afternoon, a group of men stood near the gate of the Masilela family home in Verena, speaking in low tones. On the other end of the cement-paved yard, a row of old men sat, looking contemplative. The mood was sombre; the Masilela family had lost two of its children and also their father, Mancani Wonderboy Masilela. Mancani was 37 and a…

Why Mabulu’s latest painting infuriates me as a black gay man

I tried to ignore the buzz around the latest Ayanda Mabulu painting, but it simply wasn’t possible. Mabulu appears to be a chronic attention seeker who uses graphic sexual imagery to make vague political statements. His latest painting shows Jacob Zuma raping former president Nelson Mandela. But the response has been one of shock but little outrage, and certainly nothing on the scale of what we saw when Zapiro drew his latest rape cartoon. Mabulu justified his painting saying that, “the rapist is continuing what he is good…

Should we have no religion or all religions in school?

A religious NGO, known as Organisasie vir Godsdienste-Onderrig en Demokrasie (OGOD/Organisation for Religious Teaching and Democracy), is currently seeking a court order against the department of basic education and public schools to prevent religious observances during school hours. The case dates back to 2014, where the organisation took to court two ministers and six public schools for advertising themselves as exclusively Christian. While private institutions of learning are allowed to establish an exclusive religious…

Will you be attending the opposition’s national day of action march?

The National Day of Action march organised by eight opposition parties - including the Economic Freedom Fighters, Democratic Alliance and United Democratic Movement - is set to take place on Wednesday at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The Daily Vox team asked Joburgers whether they plan to attend it, and who should take over from Jacob Zuma if the marchers get what they want - the president stepping down. Isaac Moeketse, 49, unemployed, Hammanskraal I don't know about tomorrow's protest because I am too busy trying to find…

Hiding my pregnancy from my family is best for everyone

In most traditional and religious households, falling pregnant without being married is a social taboo - and it’s usually women who face social scrutiny. *Busiswa is a 24-year-old pregnant woman who lives in Johannesburg with her boyfriend. Her family is back in the Eastern Cape. She chose to hide her pregnancy from her family because she is scared of the outcome if they find out. I come from a very cultural and religious family and falling pregnant outside marriage is already seen as a social taboo; you’re seen as a black…

What junk status means for the country, and for you

On Monday evening, ratings agency Standard & Poor's downgraded South Africa’s sovereign credit rating to junk status. On Friday, a second ratings agency, Fitch, followed suit by downgrading SA's foreign currency and local currency ratings. But what does is actually mean for the ordinary South African? The Daily Vox asked around. For international investors, the credit rating is a measure of how safe or risky it is to lend money to or invest capital in a country. The downgrade tells investors that South Africa is a high…