Top of the Vox: â€ª#â€¬RhodesHasFallen!
â€œThe most sickening element of this violence is the ignorance shown by the xenophobes. Not all of us come to South Africa because we are poor in our own countries. I love my home country, DRC, and I lived a comfortable life there until the political wars. I came to South Africa looking for peace; clearly, I chose the wrong country.â€
Foreign nationals in Isipingo, just outside of Durban, spent the Easter weekend in aÂ makeshift camp after being chased out of their homes last week.Â Qiniso MbiliÂ captured the heart-wrenching stories of people who have come to SA to make a better life for themselves â€“ only to lose everything.
Must-read, this week
â€ª#â€¬RhodesHasFallen! After a month of protests, the statue of Cecil John Rhodes was finally removed from the UCT campus yesterday evening. If you missed this historic moment, Raâ€™eesa Pather was there to capture it on film. It is yet to be decided, but seems the controversial statue will be serving time in a museum. Meanwhile, statues across the country have been vandalised, leaving the Rhodes Must Fall movementâ€™s broader message of transformation in danger of being swept away by a populist tide with a focus on symbolic victories, rather than effecting institutional change.
Weâ€™ve got to admit, beauty pageants arenâ€™t our fave, but Miss SA 2015, Liesl Laurie, won us over â€“ to her causes, at least â€“ during her hangout with The Daily Vox yesterday. A beauty queen who was commited to charity work before she won her title? Yes please!
Ever visit Market on Main at the Maboneng Precinct on a Sunday morning? Ever wonder about the effect of gentrification on inner-city communities? Pontsho Pilane and Fatima MoosaÂ spoke to Maboneng patrons to find out their take on South Africaâ€™s prevailing inequality.
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– Featured image: By Safiyyah Patel.