MOLEBOGENG MANGOALE, BOIPELO BOIKHUTSO, RODNEY XABA & KEEGAN FRANCES
President Mosibudi “Rassie” Rasethaba
What do you plan to do with your portfolio next year?
I plan to ensure that each and every portfolio does what it is supposed to do. I also plan to assist where most assistance is needed. Three portfolios that I’m going to work closely with are the transformation and student success, study finance and facilities, and safety and security. Transport with regard to the bus service still remains a big issue.
What are some of the issues affecting students that you will address next year?
I’ve realised that issues go beyond what I thought. Study finance is a huge issue. Accommodation and transport are also big issues. Mamelodi students also need a dining hall as most of them can’t afford to buy their own monthly groceries. I will also focus on the issue of parking and security. I would also like students to be aware of the support available in order for them to acquire student success.
Rhodes University (RU)
RU has created a memorial prize to honour former RU student Lelona Thembakazi Fufu, who was murdered on her way to her graduation ceremony in 2012.
Fufu was to receive an honours degree, which she completed with majors in maths and mathematical statistics.
The R8 000 Lelona Thembakazi Fufu Memorial Prize is awarded to students graduating with BSc or BSc (Hons) degrees who have “overcome educational hardships to achieve very good results”, RU communications officer Zamuxolo Matiwana said.
MAXINE TWADDLE: Judge Thokozile Masipa has found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide.
During her judgement, Masipa said, “the accused acted negligently when he fired into the toilet door, knowing there was someone behind the door”.
Masipa acknowledged that Pistorius perceived someone who posed a threat to his safety to be behind the door, but said, “It could not be said that he foresaw that either the deceased or anyone else for that matter might be killed when he fired the shots at that door.” She based this on Pistorius’s behaviour after the shooting.
DYLAN FLOWERDAY: At a meeting hosted by the Anti-Racism Forum (ARF) at Tuks on Tuesday 9 September Sasco, ANCYL, EFF Tuks, Up and Out, Young Communist League (YCL) and the Muslim Student Association (MSA) Tuks discussed issues of racism and transformation at the university.
Although the political societies dismissed any talk of a possible coalition in the future, they reiterated that they are all committed to working together to achieve the same goal, which is fighting racism and ensuring transformation at UP. Alfred Moraka from the ARF called on the political societies “to come together and discuss common issues” affecting students at UP.
SABRINA MWAURA AND RODNEY XABA: UP’s annual Spring Day will undergo major changes this year. According to outgoing SRC President Enwee Human, the event will now be a sport event.
The event will take place at the Rag Farm on 10 September, where games and mini-sport events will be played. The inauguration of the new SRC will take place between 11:00 and 12:00.
MAXINE TWADDLE: A video commissioned by the South African Human Rights Commission has cast doubt on the testimony of police of the events leading up to Marikana, The Times has reported.
The video, which was produced by TiNT Post, portrays the events in chronological order and each frame has a timestamp to prove this.
Stills in the video, which were taken ten minutes before the police opened fire on striking miners, shows barbed wire laid out by police after the miners had moved towards a road leading to Nkaneng. The video indicates that the strikers would not have had time to attack the police, as the police testified.
Stellenbosch University (SU)
As the Ebola death count continues to rise in west Africa, SU has made an urgent appeal to foreign students who have recently returned from this area to seek medical attention should they experience any symptoms.
Die Matie was approached by Dr Craig Thompson, manager of Health Promotion and Preventative Medicine, to help convey the message to SU’s students and faculty members. According to Die Matie, the university’s Campus Health Service has “a comprehensive emergency plan” in place to deal with any suspected cases.
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.
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”.