Bronkhorstspruit accident: Every day is a struggle for our children

On Friday, a horrific accident took place outside Bronkhorstspruit. A minibus taxi carrying school children crashed into a truck. Twenty people, including 18 children were killed, some burnt alive. The accident has sent shockwaves across the country. But this is certainly not the first time an accident has taken place in the area. In October 2016, an accident, also involving a minibus taxi killed three children from the same area. TS Skosana, an educator at the neighbouring Sizakhele Primary School, says that this is an area…

Editorial: What we learnt from the HuffPost saga

Like everyone else, we have been watching the Huffington Post drama play out over the past few days. The story as many of you would know by now goes like this: The Huffington Post published a contributor blog that suggested that white men be excluded from voting for a few years so South Africa can achieve some social parity. There was outrage over the blog and the Huffington Post looked to capitalise on the attention and wrote a second blog that took a dig at the outrage. Then a journalist searched for the original author…

We need to foster safe spaces for the LGBTQIA+ community

In March, a principal in Mdantsane, Eastern Cape, forced 38 girls to tell their parents they were gay, an incident which shows just how unsafe public spaces can be for young people who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community. According to a 2016 study by the Love Not Hate campaign, 44% of the LGBTQIA+ community in South Africa have experienced discrimination due to their sexuality. Those numbers are higher among LGBTQIA+ students in school. *Mary James (16) from KwaZulu-Natal, who identifies as being pansexual, told…

Failure to act: Will the real allies please stand up?

By now everyone has seen the horrific attack on the Asian man who was dragged off a United flight in Chicago. Time and time again, when we see these types of attacks, white people stay silent. I’m not talking about later. Your tweets and your blogs and your Facebook posts aren’t going to change what has already happened. How many white people were on that plane? How many white people had their heads down or looked away? How many people on that plane were saying, “All he had to do was get up”? Those last people, I’m not…

Zapiro needs to take a hard look in the mirror

Nine years after he first decided to use a rape metaphor to comment on the state of the nation, cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, better known as Zapiro, is back at it again. In 2008 it was the rape of Lady Justice. Now in a copycat cartoon, it’s President Jacob Zuma and crony capitalist Atul Gupta who are set on violating South Africa. Zapiro has heard all the criticisms now being lobbed against him before, several times over. So does he not care? Or does he still just not get it? When Zapiro drew his original cartoon, he got…

Where to for Zuma’s critics now that the marches are over?

Speaking to the huge #OppositionMarch assembled in front of the Union Buildings on Wednesday, the Economic Freedom Fighters' Commander-In-Chief Julius Malema said that the march is not a once-off event but a part of rolling mass action. “This is not just a useless exercise. You came out in your numbers, you have sent a strong message. We want these numbers again when we debate a motion of no confidence in Parliament in Cape Town. Our people must come out in their numbers to say ‘Enough is enough’. He encouraged those…

‘We’re going to strike until Zuma steps down’

Thousands marched in the #OppositionMarch on the Union Buildings on Wednesday calling for President Jacob Zuma to resign (on his birthday, to boot). The Daily Vox Team asked protesters why they were there and what they’d like to see from government. Lebogang Mlangeni, 27, nursing student, Limpopo I was not at the march on Friday, I was not allowed to . I want Julius Malema to be the president of South Africa. We are going to strike until Zuma steps down. Even the ANC said they don’t want him, they are tired. We are united as…

Happy birthday Msholozi, from the Union Buildings

Dear Prez Zuma, We know that April 12 is a very special day for you. In fact, thousands came out today to march for YOU! Can you believe that?! Ugh, you’re soooo popular. Forget the fact that many are calling you to step down or are blaming you for our economic turmoil. Today, that’s not important. Today, it’s all about you. So, here are a few people who wanted to wish you the happiest of birthdays. Brian Khafela wanted to thank you for turning us into enemies. Birthday message to Zuma from Brian Khafela at…

LIVE BLOG: #NationalDayOfAction march in Pretoria

14:15 PM “It has started now, it’s on,” says Malema at the end of his speech. "When you leave here, go back home peacefully in a disciplined manner, mobilise, go back into communities, you must have small demonstrations in your own communities, you must demand that Zuma must go ... You must go and stand on bridges even if you are four, even if you are five , you must hold a placard Zuma must go." Even though the official programme was not quite over, protesters immediately started to leave the Union Building lawns. Guess…

Young people on why they marched against Zuma in Pretoria

Thousands of South Africans turned up in Pretoria to demonstrate against President Jacob Zuma on Friday, and students made up a large contingent of the marchers. The Daily Vox team spoke to some young people about why they were there and whether this protest was in any way similar to the #FeesMustFall protests. Hlami Malungani, 17, pupil at St Stithians High School I came to try and make a difference for the future of my country, about the state it’s in now. I am hoping that the president can realise that he has done wrong…

Why didn’t you listen when we told you to learn the protest songs?

South Africans were out in their numbers to protest against President Jacob Zuma on Friday. While the streets might have been filled with diverse crowds calling for Number 1 to step down, there was an overwhelming number of people on the streets who were clearly new to protests. The Daily Vox team rounds up the protesters who clearly didn’t listen when we told them to learn Senzeni Na. 1. Ah, the Model C kids. It’s good to know that war cry practice for sports day taught you something valuable. Fav:joy:🤣…

#ZumaMustFall marches in Durban and Joburg get lit, while Cape Town and Pretoria remain calm

Protests around the country calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down went ahead on Friday. Tensions high in Johannesburg ANC supporters clashed with protestors who gathered in the Johannesburg city centre on Friday for the #MarchForChange. Although it was calm at Mary Fitzgerald Square, where most of the protesters had gathered, the mood outside Luthuli House was tense. Earlier this week, the Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) vowed to “defend” the ANC headquarters, Luthuli House, against…

Student activist Fasiha Hassan drops bars at Cape Town Kathrada memorial

On Thursday 6 April, a memorial service was held for struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada at St Georges Cathedral in Cape Town. One of the speakers was Fasiha Hassan, one of the leaders of the 2015 #FeesMustFall protests at Wits University. Hassan emphasised Uncle Kathy's support for the FeesMustFall movement and strongly criticised the ruling party for allowing factional battles to impact the working classes. Read the transcript of her speech below. Amandla! Awethu! Amandla! Awethu! Amandla, awethu, a slogan and phrase that has…

A love letter to the man who wrote this advert in a local paper

The advert below appeared in the March 2017 edition of Al Qalam, a community newspaper. Shubnum Khan took it upon herself to write a response. Dear perfect future-husband, I saw your advert in The Al Qalam (March 2017) and I would love to respond to it as I too am seeking a partner for life and you sound like the perfect man. I must apologise for my forwardness but the way you describe yourself is so captivating I had to write immediately. You are truly a man of the world who knows what a woman needs. I know as a woman I…

Was the ANC email leak a staged PR stunt or an internal act of defiance?

On Tuesday night, those signed up to the ANC’s media mailing list received a surprise in their inboxes - the minutes of the ANC’s National Working Committee (NWC) meeting that took place earlier that evening. The ANC released a statement saying that the email was sent out in error and does not reflect the views of the ANC. But considering that the contents of Wednesday’s press briefing were almost identical to the ‘leaked’ minutes, it seems that the original email is legitimate. But was it propaganda sent out intentionally…

The opportunity of the moment for white people, and how not to stuff it up

As civic action momentum builds in the wake of last week’s events, Hilton Johnson thought it apt to share a couple of thoughts as a white person who would like to participate in this moment, hopefully in a positive way. 1. There is a huge amount of distrust from black people with regards to white people’s indignation and motives for wanting to remove Zuma. Why is this? Well, firstly colonialism and apartheid. And then the small matter of things not really changing much since then in terms of the power relations in this…

The poor will pay the price for Pravin’s sacking

We’ve seen this horror show before. On 9 December 2015, when Number One replaced the competent, principled and likeable Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene – Pravin Gordhan’s deputy between 2009 and 2014 – with the unknown Des Van Rooyen, the rand and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) fell hard. There was an uproar from within the ANC, opposition parties, business and investors. With pressure mounting, Zuma made a reluctant call to Gordhan, begging him to return as Minister of Finance - again - and Gordhan agreed. Des Van…

For the ordinary citizens of this country, it is time for your voices to be heard – Barbara Hogan

The Kathrada Foundation and Nelson Mandela Foundation jointly briefed the media on Friday, after the Zuma presidency cancelled an official memorial service for Ahmed Kathrada, the anti-apartheid icon who was laid to rest on Wednesday. BARBARA HOGAN, a former health minister and the widow of Uncle Kathy, had strong words for the government. She called on South Africa to unite. I'd like to pay a special tribute to the Kathrada family who are sitting here with us at the moment. I think both myself and the Kathrada family felt…

‘We are at a crossroads’: ANC turns on Zuma while the DA goes to court

In the wake of the #CabinetReshuffle, everyone seemed to have something to say. Press conferences, protests, and court interdicts abound; The Daily Vox rounds up the aftermath. Pravin Gordhan The outgoing finance minister and his deputy minister, Mcebisi Jonas held a press conference at the Treasury office at 11am. Treasury staff greeted Gordhan and Jonas with a rendition of the apartheid struggle song Senzeni Na. At the briefing, Gordhan addressed the intelligence report that accused the finance minister of secretly meeting…