Committee meeting on student protest policing finds inadequately trained private security and disconnected communication

Greater cooperation between police and universities is needed during student protests; police and universities also need to reexamine the role of private security in these protests. These were the key findings that emerged this week during Parliament’s joint committee meeting on police involvement in last year’s student protests. During the hearings, the committees of higher education and training, and police heard responses from the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority…

Do our churches and pastors need ethical oversight?

First it was eating grass and drinking petrol, then spraying congregants with Doom insecticide. Now, in an effort to clamp down on unethical religious practices, Parliament is considering licensing religious leaders and an alliance of churches is looking to set up an oversight committee for preachers. The Daily Vox asked Joburgers whether they think an ethical oversight committee for Christian churches and practitioners is necessary, and what it will achieve. The Association of Christian Religious Practitioners (ACRP), an…

Decolonising higher education is a very complex and necessary task

Calls for decolonised higher education in South Africa are calls for our next revolution, one that was instigated by Rhodes Must Fall movement. The targeting of Cecil John Rhodes’ statue at at the University of Cape Town (UCT) was a symbolic attack, aimed at the normalised symbols of colonialist rule in South Africa, an era so deeply entrenched in our society that we are still living through its effects. The Decolonising Institutions of Higher Learning Dialogue hosted by Rethink Africa, a pan-African social enterprise…

Does Youth Day need to return to its political origins?

For government’s official celebrations of Youth Day this year, President Jacob will address young people in Ventersdorp in the North West, on the subject of youth economic empowerment.  But historically Youth Day hasn’t been about our young people’s aspirations for the nation, it’s been about what the nation deems fit for the them. It’s time we got back to youth leading the directive. The uprising on June 16 1976 was the culmination of years of systematic oppression of South Africa’s black youth by the apartheid system. It…

‘People are protesting because we are living in suffocated spaces’

While South Africa celebrates its youth, those living in Freedom Park, south of Johannesburg, feel forgotten by the government. They are angered by the lack of development in their community and have been calling for government to increase access to employment, land, and housing. The Daily Vox visited the area and spoke to young, unemployed residents about why they support the protests for land and jobs. Lehlogonolo Makhele, 25, unemployed I’ve been living here since 2005, so it’s been eight years. I moved here from Lenasia…

A manifesto for South Africa’s youth

On June 16, South Africa’s youth are being celebrated as the future leaders of this country. In 10 years, today’s grade 8s will be graduating from university, entering the job market and writing the next chapter of our development. But the country is falling short in meeting the needs of the youth. The Daily Vox asked young people what they would put down if they were to write a manifesto for advancing South Africa’s youth. 1. Education Education is the key to a better life. This is what we tell children from their earliest…

Albinism activist says we need to do something before the killings spread

Mpho Tjope (33) resigned from his corporate job to dedicate himself as an albinism awareness activist. He says South Africa needs to do more to prevent killings of people with albinism. He spoke to The Daily Vox about his work, travelling the country and educating rural communities about albinism. A few years ago there were no attacks on people with albinism in southern Africa. Most of the attacks were happening in the north, like in Tanzania. Recently in Malawi, there are more attacks. I believe that it’s just a matter of…

‘Nobody wants you around’: the story of a black woman with white skin

Regina Mary Ndlovu (28) is an actress living with albinism. She told The Daily Vox about the relentless discrimination she experienced in both Zambia and South Africa, and how she’s finally living her dream. Trigger warning: This article contains references to sexual abuse When I was born, the nurse asked my mom, ‘Is your husband white?’ She said no and the nurse handed me over. In Zambia albinism is seen as something really bad. My dad said ‘No, that’s not my child. I don’t want her’. Then he left. They had to come to South…

People with albinism need more medical assistance from government

Mafusi Tampe and Lebo Kgopane are a young couple living in Soweto with a boisterous eight-month-old girl. Both have albinism, and little Diteboho does too. With their blonde hair, pale eyes, and fair skin, the three look similar, but their everyday needs and challenges are different. Tampe and her brother both have albinism. Growing up, her parents did not shy away from recognising that fact, and Tampe believes this helped her become resilient to the stares and being called "pinky-pinky". “My parents taught my brother and I…

Do strict school uniform policies enforce discrimination?

On Monday, Northcliff High School drew criticism when the public learned that it required students to carry a laminated card to show they had permission to deviate from their school uniform. The concessions card scandal drew immediate comparisons with apartheid’s dompas system. The Daily Vox asked people whether they think the school went too far in requiring students to get permission to wear religious attire, and if school uniforms are still necessary. Lerato Manana, 33, fashion designer, Johannesburg I feel like they’re…

Guerrilla art in Braam drives conversation on women’s safety

The Daily Vox spoke to Her Shadow, the self-taught animator and guerrilla performance artist who disrupted the streets of Braamfontein last week. The performance was a protest against the violence women experience every day on the streets of Johannesburg. The message was to reclaim the streets. We found out more about the Her Shadow Was Here collective, what protest art is, and why she wears a mask. What is the Her Shadow Was Here collective about? Gender violence has always, throughout history, been a huge problem. The…

Here’s what the police are supposed to do when someone reports a sexual assault

The experience of a sexual assault is violent and traumatic. The last thing you may want to do is deal with the police, especially with all the personal accounts from people who have been turned away or treated badly by them. But it needs to be done. The Daily Vox spoke to the SAPS’s Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) on how you can hold your attacker, and the police, to account. Firstly, after the sexual assault has happened, it is of utmost importance that the survivor doesn’t clean…

“I am more than just an ikwerekwere” – young immigrants speak against Afrophobia

Afrophobia and xenophobia are still a harsh reality for many young immigrants living in South Africa. #Singabantu, a video created by the Sophie A Kanza Foundation, challenges Afrophobia and asks South Africans why we deny them as our brothers and sisters. The foundation creates a safe space for both local and African immigrant youth to collaborate on social projects. The video was filmed in the houses that were burnt down during the Rosettenville xenophobic attacks in February. It features young Zambian, Congolese,…

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,…