DANIELLE PETTERSON: AfriForum Youth has handed over a memorandum against racial profiling to Parliament. The Higher Education and Transformation Network (HETN) has spoken out against this.
The memorandum requests that students be given the freedom to choose whether or not they would like to indicate their race on bursary and university application forms. The memorandum contains signatures from students at the University of Pretoria, the University of the Free State, the University of Stellenbosch and the North-West University. According to AfriForum Youth national chairperson Charl Oberholzer, these are the universities where AfriForum has experienced discrimination based on race.
Pearl Pillay: OVER THE past few weeks, the hills of Wits have come alive with the sound of democracy.
“Elections” seems to be the buzzword on campus of late. Whether it be clubs and societies, house committees or (my personal favourite) SRC elections, students have come out in their numbers to honour the democratic process and make their voices heard.
Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) released a statement on Monday condemning the singing of a song with the lyrics “dubula ijuda” (shoot the Jew) at a protest it was a part of.
Some protesters adapted the South African “dubula iboer” to “dubula ijuda” at a protest against an Israeli Musician who was performing at the Wits Great Hall on August 28.
Matthew Kynaston: There have been several flashpoints for the student body this term, and with Intervarsity and the SRC elections coming up, the SRC is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Activate sat down with Sakhe Badi, the President, and Bradley Bense, the Vice-President, and asked them about how their term of office has gone so far.
Kgorula Bitterhout: Yes, like a sequel to a movie, our former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has returned to politics, but there is a twist to this sequel.
He has now decided to form his own political party, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
Despite many assuming that he had fallen from grace facing allegations of not paying his taxes as well as charges of corruption, money-laundering and racketeering, it seems he has recovered.
Jessica Breakey and Cara Mazetti Claassen: Don’t just Google the Whitehouse, visit Google and the Whitehouse
For a young person, few experiences can compare with being an intern in the “Capital City.” There your responsibilities range from (passive-aggressively) photocopying 6 000 sheets of paper, schmoozing through lunch with ambassadors or painfully sprinting across the city in heels trying to make sure not to drop the giant cheese platter resting on your right shoulder – a real Devil Wears Prada moment.
RAY MAHLAKA and THULETHO ZWANE: Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters were barred from entering the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Doorfontein Campus on Friday.
“Luthuli House was sabotaging us,” said EFF municipal co-ordinator and former ANC youth league secretary Walter Mokorodi. He said UJ’s decision to bar them from entry was politically motivated.
“We were given permission to be at UJ, but were refused entry. The ANC sent UJ students messages not to attend [the event]. We ripped up ANC t-shirts,” said Mokorodi.
Mfuneko Toyana: A LARGE number of Zimbabwe-born Witsies will not be able to cast their votes in what is supposed to be a watershed election for the country next Wednesday.
The July 31 ballot takes place only two weeks into the current university term. Many Witsies say they cannot, financially and academically, afford to travel back to their home towns and exercise their right to vote.