Mob justice: “Yes, I would join in to protect my community”

At the weekend, a man in Hlogotlou, Limpopo was stoned to death after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend and her younger sister, and set his girlfriend alight. The Daily Vox asked Joburgers what their thoughts are on such vigilantism and whether the death penalty should be brought back. Cleo Ndlovu, 33, cook, Johannesburg Mob justice should happen so that at least people are scared to commit crime. But I wouldn’t join in. I see that there are people who are brave enough to attack people but I’m scared of hitting someone. I…

Young, drunk and at risk: the dangers in youth perceptions of alcohol

The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliances (SAAPA) and Soul City Institute have called for a ban on the marketing of alcohol products. Along with other advocacy groups and the Department of Health, they are lobbying for new amendments in the Liquor Act that prohibit the advertising of alcohol. The institute also presented its findings on young people’s perceptions of alcohol advertising and the role of alcohol in risky sexual behaviour. Lead researcher, Lebohang Letsela, said that in one of the urban communities they…

Tired of waiting: the fight for a place to make a home

Mamakete Mookeletse, 48, is part of the backyard dwellers that want autonomy from a government that has failed them. She has moved from shack to shack since she moved to Freedom Park, south of Johannesburg, in 1998. The backyard dwellers of Freedom Park have been fighting for the land called Bushkoppies, or Emhlabeni since 2016. Mookeletse told The Daily Vox about her life in Freedom Park and why they’re fighting for the land they call Emhlabeni. We just want them to give us our own piece of land. As you can see now there…

Children block main road in Kenya to protest their school’s demolition

Land disputes and a lack of schooling infrastructure have led primary school pupils in Kenya to disrupt Nairobi’s traffic. We’ve come a long way in furthering the rights of the child but kids today are still marginalised in many instances, which is why on Monday children from the Kenyatta Golf Course Academy blocked main roads with their desks to protests the demolition of their school. The pupils, along with their parents, blocked Mbagathi road on Monday after the school was razed during the weekend. According to one of the…

Wits education students demand clarity on funding


Three education students arrested at a protest on the Wits education campus on Tuesday have been released. The students were arrested because they allegedly violated the university’s court interdict which bars students from disrupting the academic programme. Student leaders are set to meet with university management Thursday to discuss grievances concerning funding and accommodation. Education students have been protesting at the Wits education campus since Thursday, 4 May. Students reportedly blocked entrances to the campus…

The building occupation at UWC is about more than just housing shortages

A group of 40 students has been occupying ResLife, a partially damaged administration building at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) since Sunday. They say they won’t leave until they have been placed in acceptable accommodation. The students had been renting rooms in private accommodation in surrounding areas last year. But the areas in which they were renting were not safe, they said. Zuiphe Kapa, the SRC deputy secretary, told The Daily Vox that students had been living in gang-prone areas and that some had been…

Three things that need to be done to radically transform SA’s economy

There’s a national debate ragin around whether radical economic transformation could be the key to addressing South Africa’s economic inequalities. Nolwandle Zondi spoke to Duma Gqubule, founder of the Centre for Economic Development and Transformation about how the country could achieve genuine economic transformation. Here are three issues he said need to be addressed. 1. Change our macro-economic policies and cut interest rates Before the 2007 global financial crisis the country experienced a period of strong growth,…

What Desai forgets to mention about Malema in ‘Julius vs the ANC’

In his latest Al Jazeera documentary, “Julius vs the ANC”, filmmaker Rehad Desai portrays Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) commander-in-chief Julius Malema as a rising revolutionary who offers hope to working class South Africans. But Desai glosses over Malema’s controversies. Malema first made headlines as ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president and for being a bulldog-like defender of President Jacob Zuma, particularly during his rape-trial era. Today, he is one of Zuma’s fiercest critics. The documentary, which chronicles the…

Bronkhorstspruit accident: “These children were so young to have died the way they did”

Irene Simelane heard about the horrific crash that took the lives of 18 children and two adults in Mpumalanga on Friday over the news. She was worried about her six year-old grandniece, Buhle Masuku. Buhle took a taxi to school every day from Verena, Mpumalanga to Refano Primary School in Gauteng. Simelane spoke to The Daily Vox about the moment her fears were confirmed. When you see something happening to other families on TV, the pain isn’t there because you are removed from it. But when it happens to you … I don’t know…

Unpacking the South African food basket

With the rand fluctuations and two rating agencies downgrading South Africa’s economy to junk status, commodities like petrol have risen greatly. With petrol set to rise - 29c a litre to be exact - it also means that food prices will also increase. Rising prices come after Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) released a report last year detailing food price increases in South Africa. They report that South Africans paid an average of 9.8% more for an average basket of foodstuffs in March 2016 than we did in March 2015. “This…

Rachel Dolezal isn’t transracial, she’s in blackface

When the Quest for a Non Racial South African Society Dialogue (QfNRSASD) poster was widely shared at the beginning of April, it wasn’t because of an interesting panel or discussion being held. It was because most South Africans thought that the organiser’s selection of the former NAACP leader and ‘trans-black’ Rachel Dolezal as a guest speaker at a dialogue about race and identity politics was a joke. Rachel Dolezal. A whole Rachel Dolezal? Yanisha Teelock, founder of the civil society group Understanding and Decolonising…

SA’s shutdown can only work if the middle class can reach across the divide

Since Thursday's cabinet reshuffle, South Africans are looking for ways to dissent, and ultimately overthrow Zuma, but reactions have been divided. The Daily Vox looks into what the responses have been, the divisions between them, and what can guarantee a successful mass mobilisation. It may have taken a few days but the opposition to Zuma’s reshuffle finally seems to have a coordinated response. However, questions still remain if we will see the type of mass mobilisation that can unseat Zuma. Opposition parties have found a…

How Uncle Kathy saved the Treasury millions

Ahmed Kathrada was laid to rest Wednesday morning. President Jacob Zuma had declared  that the struggle hero would be given a special official funeral. But Kathrada’s family said they would prefer a private, smaller affair without the lavish ceremony official funerals often turn out to be. Official Funeral Announcement: 10AM Wednesday 29th March Westpark Cemetery, Beyers Naude Drive#RIPuncleKathy #AhmedKathrada pic.twitter.com/BrraiYtmVU — Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) March 28, 2017 The request speaks to the humble…

‘The old political leaders were concerned about liberating us, not about money’

With the passing of Ahmed Kathrada, there are now only two surviving Rivonia trialists. The political leaders of old and their principled, people-centred style are gradually becoming a thing of the past. The Daily Vox spoke to senior citizens who experienced the golden age of democratic South Africa emerge. Ndobzodwa Ndlovu*, 75, retired nurse We learnt about in books. He fought against apartheid and the oppression of black people. He also helped us get into places where blacks were no longer allowed into. If you remember,…

Miss Supermodel-that-happens-to-be-South-African 2017

So our country has a new Miss South Africa, but last night's beauty pageant came against some criticisms which have us questioning what standards of beauty the organisers subscribe to. The first (white) Miss South Africa was crowned in 1943 but we only got a black Miss SA in 1993. #ThankYouApartheid. It's time to meet your Top 12 South Africa. Welcome to the 59th annual Miss South Africa pageant. It's showtime... pic.twitter.com/mly4KYOCEx — Miss South Africa (@Official_MissSA) March 26, 2017 Some South Africans saw it a…

The next time you see a violent confrontation, don’t look away

Dear bystander, We live in a society that is problematic AF. We see people being harassed on a daily basis. But sometimes we witness an act so violent, it stays with us for weeks. These traumatic acts of violence are what define our society. It’s scary standing up to a two-metre-tall boorish man yelling racist slurs at the petite cashier. You keep telling yourself that you’ll speak up but that someone else has to start first. Or you don’t want to get involved because you might get hurt. You might look down at your feet and…

Why are our schools unsafe for LGBTQI+ children?

LGBTQI+ South Africans face discrimination on a daily basis, despite constitutional protections. Whether they are at school, out shopping for groceries or being denied entry into a restaurant, members of the LGBTQI+ community face discrimination because they don’t fit into accepted views about sexuality. At the beginning of March, the principal of Ulwazi High School in East London forced lesbian learners to come out to their parents. The principal, Nomampondomise Kosani sent 38 girls home with letters outing them to their…

This lecturer makes her students sing if they come late to class

We’re all so glad we’re not this “princess” who sauntered into her lecture 40 minutes late and got dressed down by her lecturer for her giving zero fucks. A video of the confrontation at a South African private university was shared widely on social media this week, sparking conversations about youth entitlement and questions about whether the lecturer overreacted. The Daily Vox breaks it down. When the student walked in late, topped up frappucino in hand, the lecturer asked her to sing a song. “You know I’m strict here. You…

Why immigrants succeed in the spaza space – it’s complicated

In February, immigrant shopkeepers were violently targeted by South Africans who claimed they were stealing jobs and bringing down the economy. On Tuesday, the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) published a contentious research report on how immigrants are contributing to South Africa’s economy. The report found that immigrants dominate the spaza shop industry because they are resourceful and hardworking. Rian Malan, the author of the report, claimed that South Africans were falling behind because they aren’t working hard…

City of Cape Town redesigning Imizamo Yethu but residents know nothing about it

The City of Cape Town has begun redesigning parts of Imizamo Yethu, the informal settlement in Hout Bay that was devastated by fire at the weekend, in a process known as reblocking. But questions have been raised about whether it’s done enough to involve residents in the process. Three people died and 15 000 people have been displaced by blaze, which the City of Cape Town has described as “one of the worst informal settlement fires that we have experienced to date.” Reblocking is the rearrangement of shacks in informal…