â€œI support the Open Stellenbosch movement because itâ€™s for the equality of all students. Here at Stellenbosch we are treated as though we are a sub-species of human. They treat us as though because weâ€™re black, we donâ€™t have certain rights.â€
Weâ€™ve been waiting for Rhodes Must Fall-style movements to spawn at the University of Stellenbosch, and Open Stellenbosch has arrived. Raâ€™eesa PatherÂ spoke toÂ its supporters, who want transformation, as well as students who are more concerned with tone-policing.
Must-read, this weekÂ
In the latest wave of state-sponsored xenophobia, Operation Fiela has beenÂ conducting raids to round up documented and undocumented immigrants alike.Â Khadija Patel spoke to one of the many Zimbabwean residents of the Central Methodist Church who were detained â€“ read herÂ first-hand account.Â
Photojournalist Showkat Shafi was inÂ Nepal in-between the two earthquakes that have left thousand of people dead and millions displaced. His photo essay focusing on a relief camp in Kathmandu puts human faces to the statistics.Â
The Franschhoek Literary Festival kicks off today and weâ€™re kinda sorry weâ€™re not going to be there to see author Thando Mgqolozana take on the establishment, aka white colonial literary festivals. If you canâ€™t make it either, hereâ€™s a preview ofÂ Mgqolozanaâ€™s swan song.
Meet Michaelson Gumede, whoâ€™s joining our team as a sports writer. To kick things off, hereâ€™s his take on why Kaizer Chiefs dominated the Premier Soccer League this season. (Disclosure, heâ€™s an Amakosi fan.)