Binwe Adebayo: This week the student newspaper at North West University (NWU), Wapad, was closed by university management over an alleged debt amounting to R80 000. This move was taken despite editors at the publication asserting that the paper’s debt amounts to just R7000.
In light of this and content which was to be published in the next edition of Wapad, which did not reflect a positive image of management, the closure seems remarkably like an act of censorship. This is especially the case as the university is barring the content from even being published online. This would cost the paper nothing and incur no further debt.
Stuart Thembisile Lewis: Editorial staff at Wapad, the official student newspaper of North West University (NWU), were greeted on Monday morning with the news that their publication was being shut down by university management.
University management cited the paper being R80 000 in debt as the reason for its closure. Wapad staff and journalism lecturers at the NWU Potchefstroom campus have labelled the movement an act of censorship and an affront to media freedom.
Emma Atkinson: Insufficient security and an overbooked venue at Intervarsity 2013 is considered by witnesses to have led to students being injured in a stampede outside the event's official afterparty last night.
At least one Rhodes student was injured with many laying blame at the feet of the Student Representative Council (SRC) of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), who hosted and organised this year's event.
Chelsea Haith: The very nature of community engagement came under scrutiny last week as key speakers at a panel discussion spoke about the flawed and exclusionary nature of Rhodes University’s Community Engagement’s (RUCE) projects. According to the speakers, the act of community engagement is not a simple one, and can tend to be hurtful to those they try to help.
Chelsea Haith: Reflecting on the use and abuse of government-owned property by the affluent Gupta family for their personal endeavours, members of local government showed concern for government’s accountability.
Spokesman of the ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) Mlibo Qoboshiyane stated that the ANC Eastern Cape PEC fully supports an investigation into the alleged misuse of Waterkloof Air Force Base to land a private jet carrying over 200 guests attending the Gupta wedding.
Chelsea Haith: Dr David Ryan's life and ideals were remembered and celebrated at the launch of the David Ryan Memorial Scholarship on 3 June. The scholarship will be advertised in 2013 and the first award will be made in 2014. The scholarship serves to fund the post-graduate studies in Philosophy of underprivileged students in Africa.
Stuart Thembisile Lewis: In a Tuesday night seminar hosted by the Humanities faculty, Professor Jane Duncan, presented statistical evidence clearly showing that protests in South Africa are being regulated in increasingly violent ways, particularly under the Zuma administration.
The seminar, entitled "The Regulation of Protests under Jacob Zuma", was based on evidence Duncan, along with Politics Masters student Andrea Royeppen, had gathered in order to begin writing a book, set to be finished in six months, that she has tentatively named The Rise of the Securocrats?
Chelsea Haith: Promoting his book A Bantu in my Bathroom Eusebius McKaiser spoke to an audience at Rhodes University on 3 May about the topics he tackles, the idea of living the authentic life and his fears surrounding Rhodes students’ lack of critical engagement with political and social issues.
An old Rhodian himself, McKaiser explained that he has thus far chosen not to promote his book in Grahamstown, his hometown, reasoning that he perceives critical disengagement and apathy as being particularly prevalent amongst Rhodes students for the issues he address in his book.
Chelsea Haith: A small business owner exchanged gunfire with three armed suspects in a high-speed car chase across Grahamstown on Monday.
The business owner dropped off one of his employees at the Standard Bank on High Street mid-morning on Monday. The employee was accosted by two men near the entrance of the bank and relieved of an undisclosed amount of cash.
The seventh annual Sexual Violence = Silence protest taking place on Friday 19 April has gone beyond Rhodes University's campus for the first time as awareness efforts are raised in other parts of South Africa.
Wits University, the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and a Speak Out Cape Town event are also a part of the initiative which stands in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence.