Top of the Vox: Lesotho crisis 101
â€œAfter this, I donâ€™t want anything to do with alcohol. I wonâ€™t go back to Osiâ€™s Place… Tavern owners only want money â€“ they donâ€™t care how old you are. Itâ€™s not difficult for young people to get inside taverns without ID. They donâ€™t care about rules, or our lives, and because of that, my friend is no more.â€
A 17-year-old girl opened up to Raâ€™eesa Pather about being trapped in the stampede at Osiâ€™s Place tavern earlier this month. In light of this tragedy, Pather also investigated the lack of entertainment options for teenagers in Khayelitsha.
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Readers, weâ€™d like to introduce you our new columnist, Dr Thomas Gray, whoâ€™ll be sharing his perspective on the public health system with us. Thatâ€™s not his real name, obvs â€“ but if he told you, heâ€™d have to kill you, and that would be unethical.Â This week, Dr Gray takes a look at the media coverage around the death of a young man after he was turned away from two hospitals last weekend â€“ and points out that medical professionals are being scapegoated, while more complex, systemic variables arenâ€™t being taken into account â€“ or for that matter, being held to account.
You may be aware that thereâ€™s a political crisis going down in Lesotho (for international readers, thatâ€™s the tiny country nestled within South Africa). A failed coup, alleged assassinations, and an opposition thatâ€™s been calling for countrywide strikes, all point to huge turmoil, but what exactly is going on? The Daily Vox TeamÂ has it covered â€“ check out our explainer on why Lesotho hit breaking point.
Toon of the week: Dr Huxtable and Mr Cosby
Edâ€™s note: Our cartoonist, Nathi Ngubane, is taking a well-deserved break this week, so we included a slightly older toon that still hits the mark.
Itâ€™s Eid tomorrow â€“ or today, depending where you are in the world â€“ and weâ€™d like to wish our Muslim readersÂ Eid Mubarak. During the month-long fast, itâ€™s been enlightening to find out about different practices around the world. Rifat Mohidinshared what Ramadaan is likeÂ in Kashmir, and also spoke to a Sahar Khan (the drummers who wake people up for the pre-dawn meal) to find out more about this dying tradition.
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â€“ Featured image: By Safiyyah Patel.