These three universities have been protesting the war on women’s bodies

The national conversation has only recently shifted toward talk about rape culture and violence on women's bodies. This was following the horrific murder of Karabo Mokoena, allegedly by her partner. Universities have been speaking about rape culture, calling on authorities to pay attention to and take action against rape culture. In the past week, three South African universities have protested the silence of their universities’ management who allow rape culture to be perpetuated. The University of the Western Cape (UWC) -…

Teen pregnancy isn’t rising and 7 other things we learned from the 2016 Demographic and Health Survey

On Monday, almost a week after the brutal murder of Karabo Mokoena  sent South Africa into a tailspin, sparking rage on social media under the hashtag MenAreTrash, Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) released its 2016 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS). The survey, conducted by Stats SA and the South African Medical Research Council on behalf of the National Department of Health, collected data from respondents in 11 083 households between June and November last year. It provides much-needed information on gender-based…

“It’s like an empty battery trying to work” – living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Friday, 12 May is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has been dismissed as “yuppie flu” or “shirker syndrome” in the past. It has been misconstrued as tiredness and depression. Recently, however, there has been a surge in research to dispel the misconceptions surrounding CFS and define it as a real illness. This month, patients suffering from the illness and researchers at the National Institute of Health in the US are participating in an in-house study with the hope of explaining the…

Nine times we questioned the EFF’s feminist politics

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) appeals to the marginalised and underrepresented. Theirs is a political party that speaks to the youth, the working class, the black and the landless. But how well do they speak to women? The Daily Vox rounds up nine times the EFF Commander-in-Chief Julius Malema or the party revealed its perpetuation of patriarchy by misogyny or sexism. Just as we cannot absolve Helen Zille as the Western Cape Premier of her colonialist tweets, or President Jacob Zuma as head of the ANC for his corruption…

#ThisIsMyVagina: inspiration for women in male-dominated spaces

Naledi Chirwa, the national spokesperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC), recently told women and girls to take ownership of their vaginas - and it was revolutionary. Chirwa was speaking to students at a women’s-only gathering at the anniversary of the Free Sanitary Towel Campaign at the University of Limpopo in April. She urged women to remember that their bodies are their own. This simple statement sent shockwaves throughout the country among women, but also among men, and sparked the hashtag…

Priyanka Chopra reminds us to #StayWoke, and six other things from the #UNICEFZA presser

India’s most famous export, Priyanka Chopra was in South Africa and Zimbabwe last week to spend time with child survivors of sexual violence. Chopra spoke about her work as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador at a press conference in Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. The Daily Vox is skeptical of ‘humanitainment’ (the way celebrity humanitarianism is used as entertainment), but it’s hard not to stan Priyanka Chopra because clearly she is perfection personified. Here’s our pick of the best takeaways from the conference. At a press…

Changing the names of buildings: Transformation or window dressing?

The Rhodes Must Fall and Fees Must Fall movements have raised important questions about whether we have truly African universities or whether our universities are simply Western structures in an African setting. As universities are pressured to transform, there are increasing efforts to make the university a more inclusive space. Recently, the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) recently changed the name of Central Block to Robert Sobukwe Block. The Daily Vox asked Wits students whether the name changes are a step towards…

This unemployed doctor works at a call centre part-time to pay student debt

A number of unemployed doctors have spoken out against the Department of Health (DoH) who have failed to allocate them internships, community service, or job placement.  Young medical graduates need to complete an internship and community service before they can practise medicine independently. However, a number of doctors have not been placed due to a lack of available posts, of funding for vacant posts and problems with the application process. Sue Liang* (24), who completed her MBChB last year and graduated in March,…

Family should be considered sacred when medical interns are placed

Young medical graduates are not being placed in internship positions which they need to be able to practise medicine independently. There seems to be a lack of available posts, of funding for vacant posts and a problem with the application processes. Some doctors are concerned that the application process does not take special requests - like family responsibility - into consideration. In the second part of a series on unemployed doctors, The Daily Vox spoke to Shamiela Hussein* (24), who graduated cum laude from the…

The mental health system in South Africa is not well, say academics

On Tuesday, the University of Pretoria (UP), hosted a colloquium on the state of mental health in South Africa and the issues raised by the Life Esidimeni tragedy. Its purpose was to derive a multifaceted, scholarly understanding of the state of mental healthcare. We're at UP for the State of #MentalHealth Colloquium unpacking issues from the #LifeEsidimeni tragedy. — The Daily VOX (@thedailyvox) April 25, 2017 The colloquium follows the horror of the Life Esidimeni tragedy which exposed that mental healthcare in the country…

Vuwani residents have BEEN protesting, here’s why

On Thursday, newly-minted Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula visited Vuwani, where protesters have shut down the town for the third day in a row. At a meeting on Monday, the community agreed to shut down the town in protest of the Municipal Demarcation Board’s (MDB) decision to incorporate Vuwani into a new municipality. Vuwani has been in the headlines for its violent protests several times, most commonly for burning down schools. So, what’s going down and why are folk still angry? The Daily Vox breaks down the situation in…

Medical interns are frustrated that they cannot get placement

Doctors across the country are embittered by the Department of Health (DoH) who have failed to allocate them internships, community service, or job placement. Young medical graduates need to complete an internship and community service before they can practise medicine independently. However, a number of doctors have not been placed due to a lack of available posts, of funding for vacant posts and an apparent problem with the application processes.  In the first of a series on jobless doctors, The Daily Vox spoke to Joanne…

Do you know your scriptures as well as HuffPostSA and the M&G?

The Mail & Guardian and HuffPostSA had some biblical banter ahead of Easter weekend and it’s pretty hilarious. It all started when a reader tweeted saying it was confusing that both publications were releasing Easter editions by people who have previously written for both publications. so confusing when huffpo and m&g are both doing religious specials for easter written by people u've read in both pic.twitter.com/cnCuFmj5A0 — neo (@_maditla) April 13, 2017 The M&G responded saying, “Beware false prophets in the…

These are the marches planned to bring Gauteng to a standstill

Mass action is expected ahead of plans to bring the country to a standstill on Friday 7 April. This comes after President Zuma’s highly contentious cabinet reshuffle last week where he fired five ministers - including finance minister Pravin Gordhan - and switched a few more. Since then, South Africans have been seething and different groupings have planned action to force Zuma to step down. Tensions are running high and the marches could turn violent after reports that 600 Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) members have flown up from…

Renaldo Gouws took his twar with Sibu Mpanza too far

Well-known South African YouTubers Renaldo Gouws and Sibu Mpanza had a pretty intense Twitter feud this week. Gouws apparently sub-tweeted Mpanza in a video, calling him a fame chaser and a liar, among other things. Mpanza took offence and called Gouws out on Twitter. Gouws claims the video was not about Mpanza and was touched at being called a “salty white male”. And so the feud began. So, here’s the lowdown. There’s Renaldo Gouws: mediocre white YouTube vlogger with 30 000-odd subscribers and also a DA councillor in PE.…

Young people have mixed sentiments about the #CabinetReshuffle

Sabeehah Motala (22), a student and intern at Corruption Watch, was at a dinner party on Thursday evening when her work WhatsApp group lit up with the news of the cabinet reshuffle. Motala turned on the TV and watched in horror. Last week, President Jacob Zuma finally made the dreaded cabinet reshuffle that had been expected since he called then-Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan back from an investors’ roadshow in the UK.  Zuma fired five ministers, including Gordhan, and moved several more to other departments, sending the…

Kathrada memorial used as a call to mobilise against Zuma

There was an unashamed call to mass mobilisation against the Zuma regime at recently deceased struggle hero, Ahmed Kathrada’s memorial service. Hundreds gathered at the Johannesburg City Hall on Saturday afternoon for Uncle Kathy’s politically inciting memorial service. The memorial service took place just days after President Jacob Zuma’s controversial cabinet reshuffle, where he axed five ministers and reshuffled several more. The atmosphere at the memorial was charged, struggle songs peppered with “Phantsi Zuma" and…

Amid the politics, quiet mourning for Uncle Kathy

Hundreds of South Africans gathered at the West Park cemetery to pay tribute to renowned anti-apartheid activist, Ahmed Kathrada. Speakers commended his character, took lessons from his life and legacy, and mourned the state of the African National Congress (ANC). Uncle Kathy was laid to rest on Wednesday afternoon. He had passed away early on Tuesday morning at the age of 87. Uncle Kathy’s funeral service was sombre and heartwarming. At times, it was also politically charged.The event was teeming with South Africa’s…

What did Uncle Kathy mean to South African children?

Struggle stalwart, Ahmed Kathrada visited E.P. Baumann Primary School in 2015 and his impact was lasting. The kids were awed by his impact in the struggle, his relationship with Nelson Mandela and the time he spent in prison. The Daily Vox team spoke to some schoolkids about meeting Ahmed Kathrada, and the impact he had on their lives. Who was Ahmed Kathrada? He was a dearly good friend to Nelson Mandela, they met up in prison because they both fought for freedom in apartheid. - Laai’qah Bhula, 9 He was a very good person…

#TaxiRape is a reminder that women’s bodies are under constant attack

Even during the week of Human Rights Day, South Africans weren't free of human rights violations. The #TaxiRape story - of a white Quantum minibus taxi that reportedly picks up women in and around Soweto and then robs and rapes them - was just one of them. As horrific as #TaxiRape is - it will not stop women from taking the taxi on a daily basis. South Africans are reliant on taxis because they are a convenient and affordable means of transport. Women are no different, despite the additional safety threats they face on a…