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The case against the Shoprite 8 continues

The Shoprite 8 are still fighting for the charges against them to be dropped. They appeared at the Wynberg Magistrate's Court for the second time on Friday, October 20. Their case was postponed again, to November 10. The Shoprite 8 are the eight women who worked as cashiers at Shoprite in Pelican Park. They were arrested for allegedly accepting tips and charged with theft in August. The women were then fired after disciplinary proceedings by Shoprite. They are now on trial. “The state is alleging that the accused stole money…

UP protests senior manager alleged to be a sexual predator

University of Pretoria (UP) staff and student volunteers held a silent protest against an alleged sexual predator at its Centre for Sexualities, AIDS and Gender (CSA&G) on Monday. The group of about 30 held a silent demonstration in front of the CSA&G’s building on the Hatfield campus on Monday. They were protesting the recurring presence of a senior staff member at the Centre, who they had accused of sexual harassment and assault, despite his suspension. #TuksPredator @CSA_UP demonstration by students…

How Pin Pops got this student into competition law

Competition law governs the rivalry between companies and ensures healthy environment by regulating anti-competitive behaviour by companies. Kgothatso Kgobe (22) is a fourth year LLB student at Wits. He told The Daily Vox why the Competition Tribunal and competition law are important for ordinary citizens. My love for competition law started in Grade 10 when I was in boarding school in Mpumalanga. One Saturday I called my father to ask for money for new soccer boots because soccer season was approaching. He refused because…

HETN urges Zuma to release Fees Commission, condemns 2018 fee increases

The Higher Education Transformation Network (HETN) has urged President Jacob Zuma to release the Fees Commission report. The HETN also rejects unilateral fee increments outside the state policy guidance, condemning three universities who had already announced fee increases. Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday Dr Reginald Legoabe, chairperson of HETN, said the release is critical for stability and to clarify the higher education policy stance. The HETN is a non-profit network of university graduates and alumni. “We…

“I feel like every time I’m in white spaces, I have a problem with breathing”

Navigating a world that is very much still white - as a black person - takes its toll on black people. Navigating between black and white spaces in a country that is still racialised is jarring. There is a disjuncture between the way you are treated, the way you are seen in the two spaces. Researcher and activist, Mawethu Nkosana Nkolomba (27) tells of his recent experience of racism in Melville. It’s Saturday night in a country infamous for its racism. I was out with my friends and we went from Braamfontein to Melville.…

Ayanda Mabulu and the politics of rape and sexual violence

If you thought you were done hearing about controversial artist Ayanda Mabulu for the year, you were wrong. Mabulu’s work is being dually exhibited with Vusi Beauchamp at the Kalashnikovv Gallery in Braamfontein in an exhibition called 'Freedom of _ _ eech' . This time, he uses Fezekile Kuzwayo or Khwezi - commonly known as the woman who accused President Jacob Zuma of rape in 2006 - in an artwork. 'Freedom of _ _ eech' refers to the Secrecy Bill or the Protection of State Information Bill as well as “freedom of speech”. The…

If you’re triskaidecaphobic, you’re probably staying indoors today

If you’re reading this article from beneath your covers, we completely understand. It’s Friday the 13th and you probably have what psychologists call paraskevidekatriaphobia. Or friggatriskaidekaphobia. Or triskaidekaphobia. (Good luck trying to pronounce all that.) Basically, you might suffer from the fear of the number 13. There isn’t a logical reason to fear Friday the 13th, but then, fear is hardly logical. There are many theories about why Friday 13 is so unlucky. First, there’s a problem with the number 13, which has…

Less judgement, more action is needed on female genital mutilation

Despite the dangers and growing opposition to the practice, female genital mutilation (FGM) persists across the world. According to the World Health Organisation, over 200 million women and girls alive today have undergone FGM - the partial or total removal of their external female genitalia - or other injury to their genital organs for non-medical reasons. Although it is often portrayed as something Muslim or African tradition, FGM occurs in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia, in Europe and the USA, across religions. A…

5 catchy songs that are actually really creepy

As light and catchy as some of the most popular songs are, we often gloss over the meaning behind them. The Daily Vox put together five popular songs that have a deeper - and sometimes creepier - meaning than you think. Warning: This list may ruin some of your ultimate jams. Pumped up kicks - Foster the People This is such a cheery summer jam that’s easy to bop along to. But if you listen carefully, there’s an eerie undertone to the song. Pumped Up Kicks is actually about a kid preparing to shoot his classmates at school.…

WTF is up with DJ Dimplez’ rapey cover art?

Twitter was split this week in a discussion on the sinister cover art of DJ Dimplez’ new single, What A Night. The cover art is meant to depict an epic night out. Last week, the South African hip hop DJ released cover art for the single, with the hashtag #WhatANight. The cover art depicts Dimplez carrying a drunk girl who had passed out in an alleyway outside what appears to be a club. Good morning. Just dropped my latest single ft @Real_Tellaman and @KwestaDaKAR called #WhatANight. https://t.co/MJmsORHlpH PLS RETWEET…

Here’s why we should all be worried about North Korea’s nuke tests

There has been international frenzy surrounding the recent nuclear tests conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea). This is North Korea’s sixth test in 10 years. Two of them happened just this month. Despite the outcry, North Korea refuses to suspend its nuclear weapon programme. The USA is calling for the further isolation of the DPRK through imposed sanctions and the severance of diplomatic ties. The Daily Vox asked Aditi Lalbahadur, foreign policy programme manager at the South African…

Redi Tlhabi’s Khwezi is an indictment on patriarchy and sexual violence in SA

Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo breathes within the pages of journalist Redi Tlhabi’s new book, Khwezi, which tells the story of the woman who accused Jacob Zuma of rape in December 2005. Kuzwayo went through a brutal trial which Tlhabi explains over two extensive chapters. Zuma was acquitted of the rape and the act was ruled as consensual. Kuzwayo was openly hounded, called a liar and accused of setting a ‘honey trap’ for Zuma. She eventually fled the country. Little was known of Kuzwayo, who was known only as Khwezi until she…

5 contraceptives that are effective and affordable

The 26th of September marks World Contraception Day, launched in 2007 and supported by a number of international organisations interested in sexual and reproductive healthcare worldwide.  It celebrates the right to choose whether, when and how many children to have; and the wellbeing and autonomy of women. Today, there are many different types of contraceptives, from intrauterine systems (IUS) to condoms. The Daily Vox rounds up the most accessible and effective forms of planned contraception to allow you to weigh up your…

Modern day slavery in cocoa farming: The guilt behind eating chocolate

The truth about the chocolate industry might leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Chocolate is a billion-dollar industry but it is not necessarily a fair one; child labour and human trafficking are a well-known part of the chocolate-making process. The Daily Vox explains. Where does chocolate come from? Chocolate is made from cacao beans, which grow on trees in warmer, wet climates. Almost 70% of the world’s chocolate comes from West Africa. Côte d’Ivoire is the world’s number one chocolate producer, contributing to over 30%…

How to tell when someone is suicidal and how you can help them

The World Health Organisation estimates that a suicide take place every 40 seconds, and that records indicate that suicide may happen at a rate twenty times higher. Shows like 13 Reasons Why, and movies like To the Bone, (as problematic as some might find them) have brought suicide and mental health into the spotlight, but it’s difficult to tell how to help people who are suffering. It’s easy to feel helpless when you see someone suffering from suicidal thoughts, but you don’t have to be. We spoke to the South African…

Toya Delazy spills the tea on voicing the first black Powerpuff Girl

If you haven’t heard about it yet, Cartoon Network has a brand new Powerpuff Girl, who is black and voiced by none other than our very own Toya Delazy. The My City artist voices Bliss, the long lost sister of Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup. Bliss will feature in a five-part special, titled The Powerpuff Girls: Power of Four. We spoke to De Lazy about the role. How does it feel to be Cartoon Network’s first black Powerpuff Girl? It’s so much history, it’s making history. It’s incredible. It’s inspiring, kids are inspired by…

If Jacob Zuma ever wrote a book, Twitter knows what the title would be #ZumaBookTitle

After a week of heavy news, #ZumaBookTitle was trending on Friday. We did you a solid and rounded up some of the best tweets. Jacob Zuma hasn’t penned an autobiography yet but Twitter already has some ideas for his book’s title. It all began on Friday morning, when eNCA Morning News Anchor Uveka Rangappa asked if anyone would read a book written by Jacob Zuma about his life. Would you buy a book penned by President Jacob Zuma about his life? pic.twitter.com/ThEToaMHjQ — Uveka Rangappa (@UvekaR) September 15, 2017 Later Ryan…

5 South African parks you should check out this National Parks Week

Get ready to be a tourist in your own country. September 18-22 is South Africa National Parks Week because heritage. For this week, 19 of our beautiful nation's parks will offer free entry for day visitors. If you decide you want to live your best life and visit some parks, be sure to bring your ID along. Shaazia Ebrahim rounded up five amazing SA parks you might want to visit. 1. Addo Elephant Park Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape is located just 72km from the windy city of Port Elizabeth. It was first established in…

Here’s how you can become a real student millionaire

There are a million ways to use R14 million, some wiser than others. Just ask Twitter who came up with some creative suggestions on how to spend that cash after it emerged that Walter Sisulu University (WSU) student Sibongile Mani, who accidentally received R14.1 million on her student card, had blown R818 000 in 73 days. She threw parties, splurged on cakes and R1 400 bottles of whisky. She bought air tickets, designer clothing and a R3 000 16-inch Peruvian weave, and hooked her friends up with iPhone 7s. via GIPHY Her gogo…