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Justice for Siam Lee: We must defend her from victim-blaming

There are bodies deemed valuable and bodies deemed disposable, with the factors of race, gender, sexuality and ability playing a role in deciding between the former and the latter. Bodies which do not conform to cisgender/heterosexuality, whiteness and able-bodiedness are not considered to be sufficiently deserving of empathy and care. Those lives are not mourned or celebrated as readily. Those bodies are more at risk of violation, of violence, of being discarded in silence. This is the price we pay for existing in a racist,…

Why do Africans give a shit about Trump calling us “shithole countries”?

On Thursday, Trump was exposed for calling Haiti, El Salvador and African states “shithole countries” during an official meeting discussing immigrant protection. The whole world was outraged. Ordinary people derided his comments on Twitter. Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper actually called him a racist on live CNN broadcast. The Vatican and the United Nations scolded him, the African Union woke up from a months-long nap to scream about it, and the presidents of Botswana and Ghana had a bit of a meltdown. But I’m bored at the…

In case you ever doubted it, here’s why the ANC hates women

After the political fiasco of Monday’s African National Congress top six elections in which Cyril Ramaphosa was voted in as party president (and, let’s just say it, the president of the country), those who still have faith in the ANC are delusional. The moral degradation of the party has hit its peak with Ramaphosa’s election, not to mention the ascendance of the controversial David Mabuza into the highest committee of leadership of the state. But none of this can be surprising. The ANC is rotten to the core, and no amount…

Zuma’s free education plan will dump the costs onto academics

President Zuma dropped the bomb of all bombs on the FeesMustFall question on Saturday, declaring free and state-subsidised tertiary education. While the decision has been rightfully criticised, little thought has been given to how this massive change will impact academics, who teach and guide students through their studies. With academic exploitation already a thing, will free education benefit the lecturer? The Daily Vox speaks to Dr Nomalanga Mkhize, history lecturer at Nelson Mandela University, about the changes in the…

On reading Ramaphosa: The Man Who Would Be King

Cyril Ramaphosa is the man of the moment, no matter how hard most of us wish he weren’t. The national conference of the African National Congress (ANC) takes place from 16 to 20 December, and at the conclusion of the nomination process, Ramaphosa is ahead and is the presumptive future leader of the country. Behind him is Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. But how much do we really know about him? Besides the recent morally dubious statements made by Ramaphosa in this political struggle for power, his involvement in the Marikana…

A luta continua at the University Currently Known As Rhodes

On 6 December, the Council of the University Currently Known As Rhodes (UCKAR) publicly announced that it would not be changing the institution’s name, citing financial constraints and limited resources. This decision was actually made on 30 November, after a secret ballot was held in which 15 of the 24 members voted against the change. Besides the obviously undemocratic method of reaching this decision, since the university consists of more than just council, the fact that the ballot was held in secret is a testament to the…

Ten reasons SA doesn’t suck right now – November edition

November has been one helluva month, and most of us are looking forward to recovering over December. The Fees Commission released its disappointing results, the President’s Keepers had the country shook,  and Uncle Bob finally stepped down to the confusion and relief of, well, everybody. 2017 has had absolutely no chill. Still, there are some things to be happy about! Here are ten good things that happened in November. 1) South Africa represents in Major League Baseball! Gift Ngoepe, the first black South African Major…

Ten reasons South Africa doesn’t suck right now – October edition

This year has been a lot, and most of us are already counting down until it ends. But October wasn’t all bad despite the latest Cabinet Reshuffle, apartheid flags at #BlackMonday, the bad news that the leaked Fees Commission report brought and… actually, we should stop. But for real though, good things did happen. We promise. Here are 10 reasons South Africa didn’t suck in October. 1. Science is back in fashion, baby! Good news for all our baby scientists in the Western Cape! The Science Learning Centre for Africa programme…

Ten reasons South Africa doesn’t suck right now – July 2017 edition

This year keeps getting more and more extra. This July, South Africans have faced more racism in our schools, xenophobic building raids which left people homeless in Johannesburg and terrible weather. Can we live, 2017? At least things aren’t all bad. Here are ten reasons South Africa didn’t suck in July. 1. A brilliant teacher finally has a classroom of his own! Jerry Mbowane is a maths and science teacher who has been teaching classes under a tree at his home in Mpumalanga for 20 years. After so many years of devoted…

Hey Renaldo, a selfie is a selfie, not an invitation

On Wednesday, the DA’s proportional representation councillor for Nelson Mandela Bay Renaldo Gouws posted a Facebook status calling out women who post “sexually suggestive statuses and images of them half naked bending over a bed taking selfies,” for complaining about men who slither into their inboxes. Mishka Wazar believes he’s crossed a line. According to Gouws, when women ask men to stop with their unsolicited comments and demands, we’re being hypocritical. Of course, he made sure to say that he wasn’t talking about…

Airbnb hosts have a history of being trash

This week, South African filmmaker Sibahle ‘Steve’ Nkumbi, was pushed down the stairs by her Airbnb host in Amsterdam, in what she says was a racially motivated attack. Airbnb has since banned the host, and he has been arrested and detained on charges of attempted manslaughter. But Airbnb horror stories are nothing new. This incident is just the latest in a string of cases of racism, queerphobia and sexual harassment experienced by some Airbnb guests. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u3tLBOuAiA In April this year, Dyne Suh,…

People are dying in Joburg building fires and no one seems to care

Officials appear to have washed their hands of hijacked buildings in the Joburg CBD, leaving poor and vulnerable residents to live in dire conditions at the mercy of unscrupulous rent collectors. On Wednesday, a fire broke out in the Cape York building, leaving dozens injured, several people dead and many homeless. Now residents are asking what the City is doing to provide decent accommodation in the inner city. The Cape York building caught alight on Wednesday morning. Residents were seen hanging out their windows by their…

Ten reasons South Africa doesn’t suck right now – June 2017 edition

So we’re more than halfway through 2017, and the country is still as dramatic as ever. Fires all over the Cape, more Gupta nonsense, the Proteas men disappointing at the Champions Trophy, and the cold, are all getting a bit much. It’s a good thing we still have some happy news to smile about. Here are ten reasons South Africa didn’t suck that much in June. 1. The #MG200Young South Africans list is out, and it is black and brilliant! The Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans continues to show us that South Africa has…

Dear Adam Habib, I’m sorry some tweets hurt your feelings

Dear Professor Habib Twitter is an interesting platform. It allows a university, such as yours, to communicate with students in a slightly more casual way and to allow for mutual engagement. Many times, we have beautiful, meme-sharing, round-the-clock, by-the-minute interactions. Sometimes, we are trolled. On 17 May, after you tweeted to your Bidvest boys about winning the premier league, a student tweeted at you complaining about a lack of communication regarding safety issues in Braamfontein and stated that they were…

What is autism, and what does it mean to be autistic?

Around one million South Africans are autistic. But what is autism? Perhaps you read A Curious Case of the Dog in the Night Time or watched Rain Man and you might think you know about autism. Autistic people speak strangely, right? You may have seen an awkward kid reject their mother’s hug, and suspected them of maybe being autistic. Chances are, you don’t really know much. Representations of autism in the media are often wholly inaccurate or stereotypical, and give people the wrong idea about what autistic people…

Six reasons why you shouldn’t bother watching Thirteen Reasons Why

At the end of March, Netflix released the series adaptation of the popular young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why to much enthusiasm. Even though it’s aimed at teenagers and young adults, many older people have enjoyed watching the show and call it a step in the right direction for representations of mental health. While the show does have some positives, like a cast of diverse races and sexualities and open discussions of mental health and sexual assault, the depictions of many sensitive situations have been dangerous. Many…

What Spur should have said about that video

We’ve all seen that Spur video, and everyone has plenty to say about it. On Tuesday, the franchise released a letter on their Facebook page discussing what had occurred and what they were doing about it. Possibly responding to some of the criticism people have posted on social media, the letter states that the Texamo Spur’s staff had tried to intervene but were “pushed away numerous times by the angry male customer.” It doesn’t look that way in the video. In fact, the video shows almost no intervention whatsoever by any…

Spur people – with a taste for white male violence

We’ve all seen that video of a white man physically and verbally threatening black women and children at the Texamo Spur ranch at The Glen shopping centre. The whole country is rightfully horrified at this display of violence and aggression, but should we even be shocked? Black women and children encounter this violence on the regular, and white men get away with this behaviour every day. What makes white men respond to trivial issues in this manner? The Daily Vox spoke to Lebohang Mabuya, a 33-year-old nurse and the woman…