The pursuit of justice in Coligny is not just black and white

Five fallists unpack the pre-existing conditions and environmental factors that led to the death of 16-year-old Matlhomola Moshoeu, and the treatment of the farmworkers who were arrested for his alleged murder. On the 8th of May, two white farm workers were granted bail of R5 000 each for the alleged murder of 16-year-old, Matlhomola Moshoeu in the town of Coligny in the North-West Province. Their version of events is that Moshoeu was caught stealing sunflowers and fell to his death while they were transporting him to the…

African rainforests need our attention more than ever

Around 2 million km² of Africa is covered by tropical rainforests. They are second only in extent to those in Amazonia, which cover around 6 million km². Rainforests are home to vast numbers of species. For example, the world’s tropical rainforests are estimated to be home to at least 40,000 tree species, with up to 6,000 in African forests. Yet African rainforests are poorly studied compared to those in Amazonia and South East Asia. And the continent’s rainforests are being lost to deforestation at a rate of 0.3% every…

Ramadaan 2017 in Johannesburg: the sehri & iftaar timings

It’s almost time for Ramadan 1438 (2017 in the Gregorian calendar) in South Africa. This means a month of fasting, reflection, patience, and acts of goodwill for Muslim people. It's always confusing to know when it starts in your city. Even harder sometimes, is remembering the daily times. But we've got you covered. If you from Jozi, here is a calendar you can download, print or save on your mobile device. For cities of Durban and Cape Town, click here.

Can we really decolonise Africa?

Suntosh R Pillay wonders whether conversations and dialogue events can really create social change. When something is wrong, our impulse is to talk about it. As one of the organisers for the annual Conversations for Change event in Durban, I am always haunted by the same question each year: ‘Can a conversation really change anything?’ My aversion to setting up talk-shops under the guise of being something meaningful and impactful is always eventually offset by a stronger voice that tells me, “Yes, talking can lead to action;…

Police to increase security in Joburg CBD to protect women

The City of Johannesburg plans to beef up security and visibility in the CBD to protect women. This comes after the several high profile attacks on women in the city centre. According to the city’s public safety representative Michael Sun, the plan will see an increased police presence in the CBD. Sun said there have been plans for more visible policing in the city for a while, but that the recent attacks on women specifically had moved police to put them into action. “The strategy has always been there but not that filtered…

Durbanites say Zuma is no longer ‘The People’s President’

On Sunday, President Jacob Zuma addressed people in a local church in Durban, where he said he will not step down unless the ANC asks him to. This comes after a series of protests across the country, calling for him to step down. The Daily Vox spoke to young people around Durban about their views on the president. Nosipho Mvelase, 35, Prasa ticket officer, KwaMashu I don’t think Zuma’s a bad person. He's just a person who makes bad decisions. With all the re-shuffling, him making decisions alone, and not asking other people,…

Queer love blossoms in unlikely places

May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Queer rights activist Gabriel Hoosain Khan gave the following speech at the Dutch Embassy in Pretoria, about the queer stories that have been a part - albeit often unseen - of South African history. Love blossoms in unlikely places. For example, love blossomed twice in 1735. First it blossomed in the form of the Protea – discovered by Carl Linneus. Of course IsiQwane – the protea – was not discovered by that proponent of scientific racism, but white…

20+ reasons why men cannot be trusted

Journalist Pontsho Pilane lists the many times she's been harassed and violated by men, in both public and private spaces, proving why #NotAllMen is not a thing. #NotAllMen but I can't jog at night or early in the morning. If I do, and I happen to get mugged, raped or catcalled, I will be told that I should have expected. #NotAllMen but I cannot wait for my Uber without being hooted at by other men driving past. #NotAllMen but I have to check the boot of my Uber and screengrab the car registration to a friend. #NotAllMen but…

If a racist incident occurs and no one records it, did it really happen?

A day before the Spur video went viral in South Africa, something equally horrifying took place at the hospital where I work. A black female nurse was verbally abused and called the K-word by a white man while she was doing her job in the ward. Since no one was recording the scene, allow me to describe what happened. This professional midwife was carrying the man's newborn baby up to the ward where his girlfriend, who had just given birth, was waiting to be discharged. What should have been a joyous moment turned ugly very…

What would you do if social media was banned in your country?

In late April, the government blocked social networking sites in India-administered Kashmir to control the flow of information from the conflict zone. The government said that these sites and instant messaging apps were responsible for causing unrest in the region. The shutdown has left millions feeling choked, impacted on business and left many feeling isolated. The Daily Vox spoke to young Kashmiris to find out how the shutdown isaffecting them. Faizan Muazam, 24, doctor I am a doctor and the ban on social media in Kashmir…

Nine ways women can protect themselves from trashy men

Being a woman today is fraught with danger. Rape culture, misogyny, sexism, and the perceived ownership over women’s bodies are everywhere. The Daily Vox has compiled a comprehensive list for women and what they should do to protect themselves. 1. Don’t stay in your house You never know when some man will invite himself in to rape, assault or kill you. And it’s not just strangers you have to worry about. Half of all women murdered in South Africa are killed by their intimate partners. 2. Don’t leave your house A recent…

Protest nation: government needs to listen better

South Africa could be entering a new era of protest. This is according to Karen Heese of Municipal IQ, an online database that monitors and assesses the country’s 278 municipalities “We are facing, in all likelihood, a period of more service delivery protests, with police struggling to cope with them and with government leaders struggling to find legitimacy in quelling them.” In recent weeks, there have been several violent and protracted protests around the country, from Vuwani, in Limpopo, where residents have protested…

Another South African woman falls victim to intimate partner violence

South Africans were outraged on Thursday as reports spread online that a woman had been murdered by her boyfriend and her body burned. The incident sparked the hashtags #RIPKarabo and #MenAreTrash. Mavena Masondo, provincial communications officer for the SAPS in Gauteng, told The Daily Vox that police have arrested a 27-year-old man after the body of his girlfriend was found burned in an open field in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg. He said that he could not confirm the name of either the victim or suspect for now but that the…

Student activists in South Africa and the UK confront the colonial past

The University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is the world’s leading institution for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The School was established in 1916 and tasked with development of colonial officials and administrators in order to strengthen Britain’s colonial interests across the world. In the post-colonial era, SOAS continued its focus on the former colonies and Britain’s past and present zones of geopolitical, economic, security and other interests. SOAS has also become home to…

World Press Freedom Day 2017: defend and advance media freedom for all

To mark World Press Freedom Day, the Right2Know Campaign released a statement calling on South Africans to defend media freedom while demanding media transformation. World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2017 marks twenty six years since the adoption of the Windhoek Declaration on Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic Media. On this occasion we wish to remind ourselves that free and diverse media is critical to promoting transparency, accountability and the freedom of expression that are vital to a democracy that meets the…

South Africa begins investigation into peacekeeper sex abuse in Congo

A team of investigators have arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to investigate allegations made against two South African soldiers in the DRC, the Daily Vox can confirm. Adama Adama Ndao, head of the conduct and discipline team for the UN peacekeeping mission in the the DRC (Monusco), told The Daily Vox on Monday that the South African team arrived in the country and investigations were underway. "The South African team arrived on 17 April, they will be looking to the matter," Ndao said. The two South African…

Workers’ struggles for a dignified life are far from over

The 1st of May marks International Workers’ Day and celebrates wage labourers and the working class. In a country that has an unemployment rate of 26,5% and where up to 5% of those who are employed do not have as much work as they would like (they are “underemployed”), it’s easy to be cynical about this public holiday. But we really shouldn’t be, because May Day is a commemoration of the triumph of workers. The first May Day commemoration dates back to 1886, when 300 000 workers in the US went on strike to demand an…

What’s happening with the Coligny and Lichtenburg protests?

Residents who protested and looted shops in the neighbouring North West towns of Coligny and Lichtenburg this week are angry about two separate issues. The towns are 35km apart and both fall under the Ditsobotla municipality. Coligny residents are protesting the way the police have handled the death of a 12-year-old boy last week, while those in Lichtenburg are protesting over a lack of service delivery. Coligny residents protest the death of a 12-year-old On Thursday, April 20, a 12-year-old boy from Coligny was allegedly…

The nuclear deal is dead (at least for now)

On Wednesday, the Cape Town high court handed down a judgment in Earthlife’s challenge to the nuclear deal. The court invalidated South Africa’s nuclear agreements with Russia, South Korea, and the USA, as well as the two energy determinations which allowed for the procurement of nuclear energy. The court also ordered the Minister of Energy to pay the costs of the application. The order was largely based on procedural challenges and shortcomings rather than on the substantive aspects of the nuclear deal. This meant that the…

“The way killings happen in Kashmir every day, there are little hopes for happy living”

The student uprising in Indian-held Kashmir refuses to die down. At least 100 students were injured when security forces clashed with students protesting across the valley. Students are livid at the heavy-handedness of security forces during a by-election earlier in April, which saw the lowest turnout in decades. Security forces have continued to use excessive force which has only spurred on more anti-India sentiment. Last week, Iqra Sidiq, a 19-year-old college student, was hit by a rock thrown by security personnel. Her…