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Pietermaritzburg Girls High: codes of conduct won’t fix entrenched racism

Monday’s social media storm around racism at Pietermaritzburg Girls High School, where a white pupil allegedly used the k-word to describe black pupils, is forcing us to have (yet another) conversation about race in South Africa. The Grade 11 learner reportedly used the racial slur because she was upset about her name being misspelled and mispronounced by others at the school. She has since been suspended from the school pending an investigation into the incident. This is certainly not the first racist incident at a Model C…

Pietermaritzburg Girls High pupil suspended pending investigation into racist incident

The KwaZulu-Natal department of education (DoE) confirmed on Tuesday that the pupil who allegedly used the k-word to describe black pupils at Pietermaritzburg Girls High School has been suspended pending an investigation into the incident. A letter was sent to the pupil’s parents informing them that she is suspended while the investigation is underway. DoE spokesperson Kwazi Mthethwa told The Daily Vox, “We have zero tolerance to racism in our schooling system, so we decided we're not going to look away, we are going to…

Racism thrives at Pietermaritzburg Girls High School

Racism at former Model C schools is in the spotlight once again, after voice notes capturing the use of the k-word by a Grade 11 student at Pietermaritzburg Girls High went viral on Monday morning. In the voice note, the student is heard saying: “I’m so offended right now. Fucking k*****s don’t know how to pronounce my name. Yoh, they’re gonna get it from me on Monday” In another audio recording, she is heard saying “but at the end of the day I still have to put up with this whole flippin’ grade. These flippin’ k*****s not…

Did the Minister of Women seriously victim-blame Karabo Mokoena?

Minister of Women in the Presidency, Susan Shabangu, said on Saturday that Karabo Mokoena, who was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend Sandile Mantsoe, was weak and as a result, stayed in her abusive relationship. The minister’s words come at a time when victim-blaming is part of the narrative around femicide and sexual violence in the country. We'd like to hear your thoughts on this statement made by the minister of women, Susan Shabangu. pic.twitter.com/gn7YQ5WQGb — Checkpoint_eNCA (@Checkpoint_eNCA) May 23, 2017 “She was…

Five places you should visit to celebrate International Museum Day

18 May is International Museum Day, and museums around the country are celebrating with free entrance today. This year’s theme is “Museum and contested histories, saying the unspeakable in museums”, and more than 30 000 museums around the world are expected to take part. The Daily Vox rounds up five of the best ways to remember history this week - why not take the day off and have a look? 1. The Maritime Centre For all you naval enthusiasts, the Maritime Centre at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is a must-see. From archival…