MAXINE TWADDLE: The man who has come to be known as “the Tukkie rapist” has been sentenced to life in jail with an additional 40 years.
In October 2011, Tsietsi Samuel Mziza broke into a 22-year-old UP student’s townhouse in a security complex in Pretoria. He raped her and stabbed her 23 times, both with a knife and with a machete. She survived the attack, even though eight of her stab wounds were potentially deadly.
The victim had opened her gate to allow guests to leave. Mziza was waiting for her in her house when she returned. After the attack, Mziza fled the scene with the victim’s laptop and cell phone.
MOLEBOGENG MANGOALE, MARKO SVICEVIC AND FUMILAYO SOKO: A male student died after jumping from the Humanities building (HB) on main campus on Monday morning in an alleged suicide.The university confirmed the incident in a statements labeling it as an “unnatural death of a student”.
The university said that the student’s name has been withheld until they received permission to release the name from the parents of the deceased. It is unknown at this stage from which floor the student jumped.
Micaela Paschini, a first year BA Law student who witnessed the incident said that she was walking with a friend to the Client Service Centre to get a new student card around 08:30 when she heard a high-pitched scream and a loud bang. Paschini said that her friend told her that she had seen something fall from the HB although she wasn’t certain what it was.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Curlitzia and Vividus Men both claimed the title of Serenade National champions in the women’s and men’s division respectively on Saturday. Curlitzia and Vividus Men represented UP as winners of the university’s leg of the national competition.
This year’s finalists comprised of the ladies and men Serenade winners from UP, the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the University of the Free State (Kovsies), North-West University (Pukke) and Stellenbosch University (Maties).
Curlitzia have represented Tuks at nationals for the past three years but their car guard theme and refined harmonies managed to secure them the win this year. Soetdoring from Kovsies placed second and Francie van Zijl from Maties placed third.
DYLAN FLOWERDAY AND FUMILAYO SOKO: The third quarterly Student Forum meeting took place on Wednesday 27 August. The NSFAS, the discontinuation of the Sunnyside/Arcadia bus service, the racial segregation in residences and the upcoming SRC elections were some of the matters discussed.
Before SRC President Enwee Human began his quarterly report, an argument ensued between the deputy chair of the Constitutional Tribunal and the Student Forum members. The members requested that SRC deputy secretary James Lotter give them a report of what had been addressed in terms of the issues raised at the previous forum meeting. Lotter did not to present the report, citing the procedure for raising issues at the Student Forum. Students must submit questions prior to the forum’s sitting.
University of Witwatersrand (Wits)
Wits SRC election candidates have opposed the university’s controversial new residences admission policy, which they feel will be detrimental to disadvantaged students.
Wits Vuvuzela reported that the Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA), Project W, Wits EFF, the house committee and the current SRC drafted a memorandum which will be handed to Wits Vice-Chancellor Prof. Adam Habib.
Prof. Habib explained at a recent town hall meeting that the new residence admissions policy aims to make campus accommodation “more accessible and appealing to all students, especially those who have good academic [records]”. He said that this would create diversity within residences.
TEBOGO TSHWANE: The African Union Student Alliance (Ausa) hosted an event called Pulls and Tensions: Xenophobia and the Rights of Foreigners in Africa on 26 August.
The event focused on the causes and impacts of xenophobia, ways xenophobic attitudes could be removed from society, and the rights of foreigners.
Thifulufheli Sinthumule, advocacy officer from the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA), said that misunderstanding or ignorance and socio-economic factors are the main causes of xenophobia.
ARON HYMAN: EFF Tuks will contest the 2014/2015 SRC elections. According to EFF Tuks, the decision to participate was unanimous within the organisation and is supported by the national party.
EFF Tuks secretary Jaco Oelofse says that the EFF Tuks-backed candidates “are committed to radical change”.
“We believe that this university is the last battleground for racism. We can still win the battle against racism, where we can still make a dent in white supremacy. We want to tackle the roots of racism here at this university,” Oelofse said.
LUTHO MTONGANA: A proposal to change the names of campus buildings by political new kids in the block, Wits Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), was welcomed with backlashes at the SRC General Elections Great Debate today.
Wits EFF chairperson, Vuyani Pambo, said they aim to change the names of buildings on campus to honour those of “Africa’s heroes” including the Great Hall which served as the venue for the debate.
“I think it’s important that we locate ourselves so that we know where we are sitting, we are in Africa by the way but the buildings around us do not signify that … You would think in a university where [Robert] Sobukwe lectured, that hall will bear that powerful man’s name on it,” said Pambo.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Curlitzia and Vividus Men were crowned the Tuks Serenade winners at the annual Serenade Gala evening hosted by Stuku last Friday night. The Musaion played host to the eight finalists as they each performed one last time before the winners were announced. Boekenhout, Olympus, Sonop, Vividus Men, Curlitzia, Erika, Magrietjie and Vividus Ladies qualified for the final on Thursday through the marks they obtained in the prelims last week.
The gala evening started off with Olympus. Their song selection, which included Ed Sheeran’s “I see fire” and Bastille’s “Things we lost in the fire” reflected their firemen theme well. Olympus also made thoughtful use of firemen-related props, such as a ladder, that were later used as percussion instruments.
DYLAN FLOWERDAY: SRC member for transformation and student success Nthabiseng Nooe hosted a forum last Wednesday which discussed the role of student governance.
The discussion focused on why student governance exists, ways to tackle student apathy, ways the SRC can be more effective, and what services the SRC should provide.
Students who attended the forum pointed out that there is a lack of communication between the SRC and students, and said that the SRC does not seem to be taken seriously by either students or UP management.