Top of the Vox: Lesotho crisis 101


“After this, I donâ€t want anything to do with alcohol. I wonâ€t go back to Osiâ€s Place… Tavern owners only want money – 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.”
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.

Must-read, this week
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 – but if he told you, heâ€d have to kill you, and that would be unethical. 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 – and points out that medical professionals are being scapegoated, while more complex, systemic variables arenâ€t being taken into account – or for that matter, being held to account.

Donâ€t miss
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 Team has it covered – 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.

Weekend special
Itâ€s Eid tomorrow – or today, depending where you are in the world – and weâ€d like to wish our Muslim readers 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 like 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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– Featured image: By Safiyyah Patel.



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