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…

Protesters demand jobs in a march on new Ballito mall

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) was joined by hundreds of protesters on Thursday in a march ending at the new Ballito Junction Regional Mall in demand of jobs for the youth. The march was supposed to be peaceful, but altercations broke out between protesters, journalists, and the police. #BallitoJunction mass protest in full swing, the #ANCYL believe the economy should benefit the region as a whole. @TheMercurySA @DailyNewsSA pic.twitter.com/XP8fFbFwlL — Blue Security (@bluesecuritydbn) March 23, 2017 The march was led by…

Shoppers threaten to boycott Woolworths unless staff gets LGBTQI sensitivity training

LGBTQI groups have urged retailer Woolworths to implement LGBTQI sensitivity training for its staff after a gay man was mocked by employees at one of its Johannesburg branches. A marketing executive, Rico Zaaiman, was shopping at Woolworths in Strubens Valley when a staff member ridiculed him by pretending to walk like a woman and carrying a handbag. Zaaiman confronted the employee and manager of the store but left “insulted and humiliated” after receiving a lacklustre apology from the employee and half-hearted promise to…

10 things we learned from the presentation of the #FeesMustFallReport

Our understanding of #FeesMustFall demands nuance because the movement is not ubiquitous. The Daily Vox saw this when it attended the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) seminar on the student uprisings and the rise of fallism on Thursday. Researchers from nine of the 21 South African universities presented research into an analysis of the #FeesMustFall movement. The seminar revealed a number of dynamics that are at play in a movement that is presented as uniform but is, in fact, far from it. 1. Our…

Student groups condemn goose-step, Hitler salute at Wits

A Wits University student was filmed on Thursday performing a goose-step and Nazi strong-arm salute on campus. This comes at the end of the Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) activities on campus, which began on Monday, 6 March. The goose-step and Nazi salute are associated with the German army and the Holocaust - a period in German history in which Hitler and the Nazi regime displaced thousands of Jewish communities, and persecuted and killed over six million Jewish people. The goose-step and Nazi salute are deeply anti-Semitic.…

Xenophobia in South Africa shows a disconnect with ubuntu

Ubuntu is a southern African ethical concept that suggests that humanity is interdependent. Rooted in a sense of community, ‘ubuntu’ means that we are people through other people. South Africa pushes a strong rhetoric of ubuntu, for example the way Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu used it to substantiate rainbowism. While South Africans claim the concept of ubuntu, we also display disturbingly xenophobic undercurrents, which emerged in 2008. And they keep resurfacing. Over the last couple of weeks we have seen a resurgence in…

The DA should take responsibility for Cape Town’s water crisis

South Africans have been a little obsessed with the weather lately, and for good reason. We’ve been experiencing a drought for the past two years. But while Gauteng seems to be in the clear (for now) - the Vaal Dam is filled to capacity - following the abundance of rainfall over the past couple of weeks, the Western Cape - and the City of Cape Town in particular - remains thirsty. In the Western Cape, dam levels are sitting at 31%, having dropped by 1.6% in one week. With the rainy season far away and only 120 days of water…

Why are immigrants soft targets for local frustrations?

Over the past month, South Africa has experienced a recent resurgence in xenophobic violence. With the looting of shops and destruction of houses belonging to foreign nationals in Pretoria West, Atteridgeville and Rosettenville and a “march against immigrants” planned in Mamelodi it seems that our neighbours have turned into strangers once more. This #Atteridgeville resident says he recieved a pamphlet alerting the community about a march to Home Affairs offices against foreigners. pic.twitter.com/RdEiVevyLZ — Lirandzu…

Students find refuge in church as the #UPResCrisis continues

On Wednesday, relief organisation Gift of the Givers donated hygiene packs to the students without accommodation at the University of Pretoria (UP). Some students have found refuge at the Elim Church after they were chased away from the Student Centre by campus security and bouncers, where they had been sleeping earlier this week. All students who need residence placemet should go to the Piazza at 12, an NGO will be handing out basic hygiene packs #UpresCrisis — Caroline Letsoalo (@letsoalocarolin) February 15, 2017 “A few…

UPResCrisis: students struggling for accommodation, university claims it’s all staged

Students at the University of Pretoria (UP) were chased away and allegedly assaulted by campus security late on Monday night. The students were attempting to find refuge in the Student Centre because they had no place to sleep. The students brought the situation to attention under the hashtag #UPResCrisis, but management says it has reason to believe the incident was staged. Amla Monageng, chairperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Student Command, told The Daily Vox that students sleeping in the Student Centre were…

Outside #SONA17: What the Parliamentary channel won’t show you

It was evident that what transpired inside Parliament on Thursday night during the president’s state of the nation address (SONA) was nothing short of chaos. But if you thought what happened inside was messy, you should know what erupted outside, as told by people on the ground. The Daily Vox rounds up what happened beyond parliamentary walls, according to opposition parties and journalists. EFFing off from Parliament, onto the street As expected, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were removed from the National Assembly…