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Mpho Phalatse Apologises For ‘Friends Of Israel’ Comment

UPDATE: Suspended member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for health and social development Dr Mpho Phalatse apologised for controversial comments she made earlier this month in which she called Johannesburg “friends of Israel". “I would like to issue my most sincere apology to the residents of the City of Johannesburg for the confusion and hurt caused by my remarks,” she said in a statement. Phalatse said she now realises that the Middle-East conflict is a sensitive subject that should be approached with care. She also said…

Black-On-Black Colonialism: The Divide Between Francophone Cameroon And Anglophone Ambazonia

The struggle of the people of the English-speaking region of Cameroon made international headlines again last month when seven activists received prison sentences, ranging from 10 to 15 years, after being found guilty by a military tribunal in the capital Yaounde of terrorism and other charges. In 2016, a separatist movement was reignited in the two Anglophone regions because of the increasing repression of the English language in the education and judicial system. Two years later, the situation in much worse with…

Zackie Achmat Doesn’t Get Reverse Onus

On The Eusebius McKaiser Show on Wednesday, we finally got to hear the voice behind the man accused of protecting accused sexual predator and Equal Education (EE) co-founder Doron Isaacs. Zackie Achmat, a prominent activist in South Africa, responsible for affecting some of the biggest social changes in the country, sat with McKaiser to defend himself and the allegations made in a series of exposes by the Mail & Guardian. There was something at play not only between Achmat and McKaiser, but the distorted voices of the…

Mandela’s Pan-Africanism: In His Own Words

On 12 January 1962, seven months before his infamous life sentence that banished him to Robben Island, Nelson Mandela gave a speech at the Pan-African Freedom Movement of East and Central Africa (PAFMECA) conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This speech was made at a time when the African National Congress (ANC) and the Pan-Africanist Congress (PAC) were completely outlawed by the government. In his speech Mandela not only thanked the four African states that had won its independence, he told of the struggles of Black people…

ANC Youth League: Not Removing Manana Will Hurt ANC In 2019 Elections

After the revelation that ANC national executive congress (NEC) member and MP Mduduzi Manana physically abused his domestic worker, the ANC Youth League on Wednesday called for his resignation. “The ANCYL wishes to join many leading South African voices in condemning the unrepentant behavior of Manana. Manana’s behavior or actions are not only in direct opposite of the ANC’s values, principles and revolutionary morality, but they are unjustifiable, barbaric and inhumane,” the league said in a press statement.…

Mam’ Winnie Is Someone We Want To Be

City Press editor-in-chief Mondli Makhanya’s column on why we must not want to be Winnie exposes the patriarchal lense through which society views strong (black) women in leadership roles. Makhanya doesn’t afford her the same leeway men in leadership roles to be human. Using the anecdote of Mam’ Winnie keeping Mandela waiting in prison before his release as a way of painting her as an undevoted wife is an attempt to box her in as the doe-eyed, white handkerchief clutched, waiting out the final seconds before her husband is…

Dear #DateMyFamily Producers, Please Pick Better Bachelors

Not one for reality TV, I never watch shows like Date My Family. But the buzz on my TL and comparisons to Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela had me wondering what the hell went on in last night’s episode. Searching the show’s hashtag had me hooked, scrolling through hundreds of tweets about the bachelor and his trashy behaviour. Moremogolo’s verbose manner of speaking had audiences and family members confused. Watching Moremogolo was like watching someone who used a thesaurus once try to convince us he was a linguist. The…

Five Quotes From Nelson Mandela On Land

The dispossession of the black inhabitants of their land was an apartheid era strategy that began with the colonisation of South Africa. Without land, the oppressed majority were stripped of economic power and, ultimately, self-determination - Africa, their home, didn’t belong to them. As part of our series celebrating Nelson Mandela’s Centenary, The Daily Vox looks at five things the former leader of South Africa and the African National Congress (ANC) said about land redistribution. 1. Returning land, which translates to…

Listeriosis Is Over, Health Minister Says

UPDATE: Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi confirmed on 3 September that there is no longer a listeria outbreak in the country. In the past three months, there have been no new cases of listeriosis recorded. All processed ready-to-eat meat products are now safe to eat again.  South Africa’s second listeriosis outbreak is set to become the worst documented in global history. According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), since July 2017 the total number of lives claimed by the bacteria is at 172 with 915…

Let Them Free! What To Wear When You’re Not Feeling That Bra

Why do womxn have to wear bras on an almost regular basis? Is it scientifically proven to be good for you (science says no), like brushing your teeth? Or is it, as we approach a feminist era, a gender conforming activity pushed regularly onto us by a heteronormative matriarchy that has co-opted patriarchy into its everyday existence? As soon as we hit puberty, girls are bought training bras which actually prevent breasts from achieving their natural lift. As soon as we hit adulthood, the R300 plus price tag on a basic bra…

Danger from above: rocks thrown off bridges is an increasing robbery tactic

Drivers in northern KwaZulu-Natal are familiar with the trend of rocks thrown at cars from bridges. This is a robbery tactic that has been experienced on the freeways for decades. In my primary school in Empangeni, a family close to one of my classmates was killed in an incident. Since then, I’ve known many more who have lost their lives because of this. It has always remained a mystery about why these acts were committed. Was it to fulfil a sociopathic need for destruction, or a means to an end? Over the past few weeks, the…

Government has no plan for student historical debt – yet

The free education plan that is expected to come into full effect this year was another major victory for the Fees Must Fall movement. Since 2015, students across the country have been calling for the decommodification of tertiary education, a gateway out of poverty for many South African citizens. In spite of some gains, for now, there is no plan by the higher education department (or any other government department) for a way to deal with debt already incurred by students. The movement called for the removal of…

Dispelling 6 common myths that stop people from donating blood

The South African National Blood Services’ (SANBS) homepage states that there are currently only 2.4 days worth of blood in stock. This shortage is at a frightening level and tells us that South Africans haven’t embraced the concept of blood donation. According to SANBS, less than 1% of South Africans are active blood donors, and there are a number of myths about blood donation that prevent people from contributing to the country’s stock.  The Daily Vox is here to dispel some of the myths that stop people from donating…

Why business cartels thrive in South Africa

The school uniform cartel in South Africa is the latest industry to be exposed for anti-competitive behaviour. The Competition Commission released its findings on Monday, exposing widespread collusion across all levels in the R10 billion industry. The Competition Commission launched its investigation into the sale of school uniforms last year after parents and schools filed complaints about the exorbitant prices and a limited amount of suppliers. The Cape Times reported that 1 595 schools, 287 school governing bodies and 414…

#FreshersAdvice: Your Complete Guide To South African Universities, Part 2

It’s a new academic year and thousands of undergrads will be registering for their first year at university. It’s a whole other thing, this university experience. There’s no assembly, lecturers have a far more relaxed approach to making sure you do your work (they don’t), and it’s all on you to get familiar with the much larger layout of the land. Issa lot to deal with, so the veterans of the varsity game created #FreshersAdvice and dropped all kinds of wisdom. From dating and partying advice (don’t date a comrade), where to…

Black excellence is owning cinema screens in 2018

This year is going to be a big year in terms of movie offerings. From Taraji P Henson shooting people’s kneecaps off in Proud Mary (out on 26 January), to the first part in the final instalment of Avengers: Infinity War blowing minds from 4 May. The Daily Vox rounds up five movies we’ll definitely be queuing up to see in 2018. 1. Inxeba (The Wound) The biggest and most controversial South African film of 2017 will be released nationwide. It has received national and worldwide acclaim, and is South Africa’s Oscars 2018…

The Daily Vox’s four biggest stories of 2017: where are they now?

2017 was quite the year in South Africa. We had major service delivery protests across the country, learners exposing the insidious racism in their schools, and the release of the long awaited Fees Commission report. It’s easy to forget about stories in this frenetic pace of the news cycle so The Daily Vox has followed up on some of a few of our most interesting stories in 2017. 1. Imizamo Yethu resettlement On 11 March this year, the nation watched in shock as hundreds of shacks in the informal settlement of Imizamo Yethu…

The new ANC top six in a dilemma with Zuma’s free education plan

On Monday night, the African National Congress (ANC) finally concluded the election of the party top six. Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president of South Africa, emerged as the 13th president of the party ahead of Nkosazana-Dlamini Zuma. On Saturday, President Jacob Zuma announced a new free education plan, however his preferred successor was beaten. How will this affect his plan? Ramaphosa’s New Deal policy for South Africa does support free education for the poor. His campaign stated that given the state of the economy,…

How Zuma’s free education plan will affect NSFAS and universities in 2018

President Jacob Zuma’s sudden announcement of a new free higher education policy came as a surprise, not the least because it came just as the 54th national conference of the African National Congress began over the weekend. Questions have been raised about the timing of his announcement and exactly where the money to fund all of this will come from. The move by the president came as a bombshell to all the parties involved in providing tertiary education in South Africa. Most universities have already increased their fees…

The party constitution amendments the ANC conference delegates will vote on

The 54th national conference of the African National Congress enters its second day, and we still await the voting and announcement of the new party president. However, the national conference isn’t just about electing the party’s next leaders. It’s also a time of reflection on important policy considerations. “National conferences are occasions when branches and the leadership collective, which includes the leagues, conduct an introspection and reflect on the organisation’s capacity to deliver on its tasks towards the…