Afrophobia, Islamophobia & White Supremacy: Join The Dots

To those who felt that the #ChristChurch attacks represented some white dude’s (supremacist) hatred of Islam and Muslims only, think again. White supremacy is intricately entwined with Islamophobia and Afrophobia. Both represent a fear of a specific Other, both perpetuate the dehumanisation of the Other. Dehumanisation and degradation are structurally and systemically instituted so that maximum propaganda and harm is leveraged at all levels of society and state- from the media to education, the judiciary, the police, state…

Educational Inequality: The Dark Side of SA’s Education System

COMMENT South Africa is a land of hope, opportunity and most glaringly, a land of stark inequality. This inequality could not be more prevalent than in our education system. Leafy suburbs like Sandton boast world class institutions with top-of-art facilities, whilst neighbouring Alexandra township schools are often victims of violence, poor infrastructure and a lack of resources. This inequality manifests in the extremely poor results produced by – mostly dysfunctional – schools across the country. While the department of…

#FeesMustFall Enters Parliament

NEWS ANALYSIS The top three political parties competing in the 2019 national elections have all released parliamentary lists, and all three have made important nods to youth leadership. However, that is no automatic guarantee that youth issues will be centered in their policies and laws. Looking at their past record tells us a lot about how they’ll approach young issues. By SHAAZIA EBRAHIM and FATIMA MOOSA. Election day (May 8) is fast approaching. March 13 marked the final date for all competing political parties to…

Who these kids call their heroes speaks volumes about life under occupation in the Palestinian territories

Kids can say the darndest things. And yet, the sweetest darn things. Capturing the sweeter bits can be tough, especially in some places where the narrative almost always revolves around what politicians say. What about the people? What about the kids and their right to say the darndest things? The DAILY VOX paired up with AMAL HAMDAN in Ramallah, to find some of the sweetly darndest of things. We struggled. The kids were just too smart. “Tell us about your hero, and keep it snappy habibi,” we asked them. And this is what…

We are hiring!

The Daily Vox aims to put the citizen at the centre of news. Our young reporters seek to find, curate and amplify the voices of young South Africans caught between the drudgery of old politics and new protectorates. Whereas the young are often at the periphery of traditional media, they are our priority. Not the officials and the experts but the people – be it in the city centre, the urban peripheries or the rural heartlands. We currently looking for: Assistant News Editor, Johannesburg Description: A smart-arsed…

From Mafikeng to Gaza – covering student protests feels like occupation sometimes

GOPOLANG BOTLHOKWANE shares how covering the North-West University (NWU) protests kept reminding him of Palestine – a country he only knows from books and international news reports. I read somewhere that in Palestine you can easily spot an Israeli if they ever got mixed up with the people. They’re not settled, always looking over their shoulders. Palestinians call it “occupation paranoia”. If the Israeli was to get lost and started seeking directions they would be helped, but with a deep suspicion and mistrust.…

A lesson in the ANC’s history of multiracialism and non-racialism

Nomboniso Gasa, a stand-in presenter on Radio 702, recently shut down a radio interview with Wanelisa Xaba, a spokesperson for UCT student movement Rhodes Must Fall. Xaba had objected to the paternalistic and bullying manner in which Gasa corrected her on an alleged misrepresentation of the history of the ANC. HUGH MACMILLAN and LUCY GRAHAM argue that debates about the conduct of the interview detract from the historical issues discussed. Xaba received a great deal of support from listeners to the programme, who phoned…

On Nomboniso Gasa’s “multi-racialism apologia and infidelity of meaning”

I went back to the over 36-minute-long 702 interview between Nomboniso Gasa and Wanelisa Xaba. Due to a breakdown caused by an aggressive and hostile general posture and particular invective interventions by Gasa, the interview deteriorated, lasting only half the interview time, about 16 minutes. I must credit Xaba for greeting Gasa with, “Hi mama,” and acknowledging Gasa as her senior, deserving of the respect our culture makes available between young and old. Clearly, Gasa saw this respect as weakness. I went back to…

Dear ANC, WTF was this?

On Wednesday morning, a picture of a woman wearing a skimpy bikini in ANC colours was posted on the @ANCJHB Twitter page. The tweet was deleted, but not before people went full woke on it. THE DAILY VOX rounds up some of the fallout. The tweet was posted at 08:30 in the morning and was later deleted from the account, with an apology. Also happening on these twitter streets.... pic.twitter.com/TVhNjtQ3iW — Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) March 2, 2016 But you know how fast these tweeps can type, right? @ANCJHB…

The story I never got to tell – of rape and torture by the Indian army

The recent debates on Indian nationalism and anti-nationalism spurred by the belligerent ring-wing after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power have only served to distract the masses from what is going on in different parts of India. The doctored videos that played a pivotal role in the arrest of the students at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi have finally exposed the corporate-state-media nexus. The JNU arrests are not an aberration. Neither is mass outrage. Those who have been standing up to dissent have…

Gaza’s senior citizens describe their most treasured memories

According to the Global AgeWatch Index, Gaza and the occupied West Bank ranks very low (93rdout of 96 surveyed nations) when it comes to the lived experiences of its senior citizens. The ongoing conflict, and its impact on housing, jobs, and health services means that life is very tough for senior citizens in this part of the world. Often, amid the death and the destruction (and continued reconstruction!), the elderly are often forgotten, even excluded from the conversation. And in a place like Gaza, where so much has…

Your apartheid and ours: the Palestine-South Africa connection runs deep

DR RAMZY BAROUD says that the present struggle against apartheid in Palestine is not merely similar to that of South Africa. Both struggles are extensions of the same movement, the same fight for freedom, and, in fact, against the same enemy. After concluding a talk in Durban, South Africa a few years ago, I took my seat on the panel next to a former South African minister and active member of the African National Congress (ANC). He was quite pleased that a message of unity between Palestinians and South Africans was…

Trevor Noah says black anger will get you nowhere

South Africa's prettiest export Trevor Noah does have some curious politics. In a wide-ranging interview on race, discrimination and gender with Lupita Nyong’o, the Kenyan-Mexican woman who won an Oscar for the film 12 years a slave in 2014, and American writer Philip Galanes, our man Trevor Noah said he "grew up in a world where being an angry black man got you nowhere". via GIPHY "There’s a place for anger, but you can get so much further with diplomacy and empathy. You have to feel for the other person, even if…

How to submit your entry to the Apartheid 2.0 competition

The competition The partnership with Al Jazeera's Palestine Remix gives readers an opportunity to tell their story of Palestine, through the award-winning Palestine Remix interactive. The best interpretation of the theme “apartheid 2.0” submitted by readers will win a $100/R1 500 cash prize. What is Palestine Remix? Palestine Remix puts dozens of documentaries on Palestine at your fingertips, allowing you to view or use parts of various films to create your own productions. Using cutting-edge technology that…

Gazan university students on the one thing they want the world to know about their lives

THE DAILY VOX spoke to students at Al-Azhar university in Gaza City about their hopes for the future and how the Israeli blockade affects their daily lives.  Khalil Ramadan, 20, studying Media Abroad, young people strive for doing scientific researches, technological advances, and going to the moon. But here, young people do “escape” research. If the border won’t open, they want a way out, even if illegally. The economy is crumbling, employment is skyrocketing, and life is unbearable. The Israeli blockade is suffocating…

Outsourced workers at NWU: “the little I earn has tied me to a cross of debts”

Since the student protests at North-West University (NWU) began, workers have been under strict instruction not to speak to the media. A few workers were frustrated enough to share their sentiments with The Daily Vox, but requested that we do not take pictures of them. Others asked for total anonymity for fear of losing their jobs. They spoke to GOPOLANG BOTLHOKWANE. Benjamin Lebele, gardener I have been with my current employer (Servest Cleaning) for over seven years now, and in all those years my working conditions…

PRESS RELEASE: Announcing Apartheid 2.0: A new series on The Daily Vox

As Israeli-Apartheid Week is commemorated across university campuses the world over, The Daily Vox in partnership with Al Jazeera’s Palestine Remix  has launched a special series on the Palestine story called: Apartheid 2.0. The series will run between March 1-15 and will explore the ways in which Israel functions as an apartheid state, some 22 years after South Africa itself transitioned from apartheid to a democracy. In keeping with The Daily Vox style, the series will put Palestinian voices at the centre of the…

Corporal punishment in the home: “If we don’t hit our children they will be spoilt”

It has been exactly 20 years since corporal punishment was abolished in schools, but the South African Human Rights Commission has proposed that a new law be passed to ban corporal punishment by parents and caregivers of children. KWAZI DLAMINI went out and asked some Durbanites about whether corporal punishment in the home should be banned. Londiwe Manqana 28, teacher, Bizana The government is wrong, I am much against abolishing corporal punishment at home because that's how we teach our kids. Our children will lose…

In Mogadishu, out of tragedy always comes hope

Somali journalist, ABDI LATIF DAHIR describes losing  a cousin and a friend in the Al-Shabaab attack Lido Beach, Mogadishu, in January, and the sheer persistence of the Somali people who have stayed amidst the violence.  As a massive winter storm gathered steam and approached New York last month, I lost my cousin. I lost a very good friend from high school, too. Both Abdirahman Sheikh Bashir and Omar Olad died in the same place, at an attack that targeted a beachside restaurant in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. When I…

RhodesMustFall on 702: In defence of Nomboniso Gasa

Rhodes lecturer VASHNA JAGARNATH explains why Nombonisa Gasa's engagement of Wanelisa Xaba on #RhodesMustFall is an example of the rigorous debate and engagement that South Africa needs.  So I listened to the discussion between Nomboniso Gasa and Wanelisa Xaba on 702. I’ve also seen a lot of the comments and conversations on social media that followed. It did not surprise me that Nomboniso took Wanelisa on during the interview. It is common practice for talk radio hosts to intervene and to object to inaccuracies and…