MOLEBOGENG MANGOALE: The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Tuks branch was launched two weeks ago and has been registered as an official political society at UP. Last week during marketing week, the newly formed political society recruited 108 new members in two days at Hatfield campus. EFF Tuks recruited an overall 230 members.
DAN MAFORA: The Tuks branch of Daso last Thursday joined a national protest by the DA Youth outside the Ugandan High Commission. The protest was against an anti-gay law that was recently passed by the Ugandan government. The law criminalises homosexuality and prescribes sentences as harsh as life-imprisonment.
James Lotter, SRC deputy secretary and chairperson of Daso at Tuks said, “What is happening in Uganda is a serious case of human rights abuse. We, as Daso, advocate for human rights and are joining this protest today to show support for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters there.” He added that the South African government’s failure to condemn the passing of the bill is a sign of its lack of commitment to the protection of human rights.
Nicholas McGregor: The South African government has condemned the situation in Ukraine and Russia’s involvement.
They have urged the two countries to reach a peaceful solution before conflict ensues. The Department of International Relations recently released a statement.
Mfuneko Toyana: THIS past weekend’s festival of political rallies, manifesto launches and street bashes in the name of democracy was proof of a well-known fact, that South African politics at its best is a study in ear-busting raucousness. The lengths political parties went to, to create a carnival atmosphere through song while talking serious politics at the same time, revealed once again just how central music is to our political DNA. Even those groups who contested SRC elections last year pin-pointed music as a route into the hearts of voters.
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.