Wits Pride Wedding

ACTIVATE Wits held a mock lesbian wedding on 1 September during the Wits Pride Week. The wedding was only of many activities the society held in this week to celebrate and endorse non-heterosexual sexual orientations.
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*I did sound AND I am not in the credits (Lulu sent and email to Dinesh to confirm my inclusion).

Published: Wits Vuvuzela YouTube account on 25 September 2015.

OPINION: Privileged white people problems

AnlerieYes, I’m a ‘privileged white girl’.

But why are you angry with me for being blessed? Or are you just jealous?  I am not to blame for your misfortunes. I had nothing to do with the struggles your family went through and are still experiencing. I was still bouncing around in my father’s testicles when Groot Krokodil and the other apartheid lunatics were in power.

My black peers have been spitting out the phrase ‘privileged white people’ with disgust at student political protests and even in classrooms, as if it is the biggest sin of the Ten Commandments. They link every issue from unpaid workers to the presence of a certain statue to the besotted phrase.

The phrase seems like a generalisation that ALL white people are undeservedly rich and because all black people aren’t (another generalisation) they are to blame for black people’s problems.

Regularly I am the focus point of nasty looks when engaging in certain conversations about the struggles in South African society and more often than not get excluded.

They say I am ignorant about the topic at hand. “You are a privileged white girl, you don’t know.”

If you think your information is more correct than mine then please educate me. SHARE the information. Let’s have a discussion and do something about the problem.

What you are doing now is called segregation.

I understand that most white people are better-off financially than other races because of the injustices of our past. There are several policies in place now to rectify the racial inequality caused by apartheid and it will take more than 20 years to achieve it.

People need to understand it is our generation that can set right the inequality problems but you first have to graduate and yes, start at the bottom of the food chain once you start working. Just like I have to.

So don’t be unfriendly and cut me out of conversations because I’m blessed, especially if you are privileged enough to be at university. You wouldn’t be so blatantly rude to a privileged black girl.

I am blessed, because my grease monkey mechanic father and safety conscious nurse of a mother thought ahead to save the little they had to be able to give me what they never had: a tertiary education and a debt free start to life. They worked their way up for more than a decade, both staying committed to the companies they started with until they were noticed and promoted.

I don’t have an iPhone or live in Sandton (like certain black people I know), but I have what I need and a little more to buy some chips now again to settle the munchies.

So I for one will not apologize for being able to practice my basic human rights of being housed, educated and fed. Why should I, when I am working just as hard alongside every student to one day give my kids the same privileges?

Published: Wits Vuvuzela on 24 July 2015.

Boks going to World Cup

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Agency for New Agenda leader, Tshidiso Mokhoanatse in the Pretoria High Court on Wednesday, after withdrawing his application to bar the Springboks from leaving the country. Photo: Anlerie de Wet

Agency for New Agenda withdrew their application to bar the Springboks from going to the Rugby World Cup, at the Pretoria High Court on Wednesday.

The relatively unknown political party’s leader, Tshidiso Mokhoanatse  made an urgent order to the court  last week to keep the national rugby team from participating in the World Cup in England later this month, arguing that the South African Rugby Union hasn’t met transformation requirements.

“The application was just a tactical move to get them [SARU] to work with us,” said Mokhoanatse.

He said he wants the Springboks to go to the World Cup, but SARU and the Minister of Sport must come to the table when it comes to transformation.

Although the interdict against the Boks has been withdrawn, the ANA still wants the court to order that communities must be allowed to get involved in the transformation process of the sport -as set out in Rule 16A.

Mokhoanatse said the ANA sees today as a victory as it is a step closer to their goal to “remove the  authority in charge to make way for the constitution.”

The matter of ANA’s order on Rule 16A will be settled outside the court at a later date, giving the Boks need to prepare on a camp this weekend and ultimately participate in the World Cup.

Published: Wits Vuvuzela on 2 September 2015.

Bidvest Wits slide into third

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PERFECT BOOT: Bidvest Wits debutant and goal scorer, Kris Bright trying to break the defence of opponents, Maritzburg United. Photo: Anlerie de Wet

Round three of the Absa Premiership saw Bidvest Wits beat their KwaZulu-Natal guests at home Wednesday night and slide into a familiar third place on the rankings.

Maritzburg United’s captain Ashley Hartog make a visible effort to keep the players forged in Jozi from scoring, but two powerful goals flew past him and his team.

After what was a very slow start for the Clever Boys with a couple of failed open shots at goal, New Zealander Kris Bright scored a beauty from Daine Klaite’s corner kick.

Bright had a massive game and worked well with Elias Pelembe and Sibusiso Vilakazi until he was sent to rest in the middle of the second half.

Wits kicked-off the second half with Vilakazi’s right boot directing the ball past the Maritzburg goaly, Virgil Vries, to stretch the home side’s lead to 2-0. This goal came two minutes after the start of the half with a great assist from debutant Bright.

With many attempts at goal none of the teams seemed to be able to score after Vilakazi’s success, leaving the final score at 2-0.

The discipline in this game was something to strive for in the rest of the season.  There were only a total of three yellow cards between the two teams as Wits already had five yellows against them from two games and Maritzburg a troubling 13.

Wits managed to move-up the rankings from 10th to 3rd with six points, just below their Ajax Cape Town rivals. But the Maritzburg boys failed to sway away from their 15th position.

Although the Clever Boys’ performance is a step-up from that of their 4-2 defeat last week against Mamelodi Sundowns, they still failed to concede a couple of easy opportunities. They won’t get away with these slip-up as easily when they face the calibre of Ajax this Saturday in the MTN 8 semi-finals.

Bidvest Wits will be taking on Ama Tuks in their next Absa Premiership round on 13 September in Pretoria.

Published: Wits Vuvuzela on 28 August 2015.

Witsie sells book to buy dreams

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WRITING RITES: Thobeka Sinxo is raising money for a bus ticket to collect her honours certificate from Wits. Photo: Provided

A young woman sits down to drown out the township noise to string some words together. She wants to tell the story of a Pan-African feminist; her story. How against all odds she graduated from university. But unlike most graduates, she didn’t have the money to get her degree at graduation. So now she is writing a book to raise money to fetch her symbol of hard work.

Thobeka Sinxo (25) grew-up in Motherwell, Eastern Cape were violence occurs on a daily basis. With the township bustling outside, it was difficult for her to study. She was regularly teased as being a goody-two-shoes when refusing to go with the other girls to the tavern. With no friends growing up, her studies became her main focus. Her hard work had paid off. “When I got into Wits it was like a miracle! An achievement.”

She received a partial government scholarship to pay for her accommodation in Johannesburg and the Post-Merit Award paid her fees.

With the finances sorted, she went off to the city of gold to study Applied Drama and Theatre. After years of hard work she ticked all the boxes and completed her honours degree last year.

Now, Thobeka is back in Motherwell. Unemployed and without the certificate to back her qualification. Wits doesn’t post the certificates and she doesn’t have the money to courier it down south, never mind to afford a bus ticket to fetch it herself.

Instead of blaming the world for her situation Thobeka sprang into action and compiled a book with eight short stories and 13 poems she documented in her diary since she was nine years old. She is now selling the book to retrieve her honours certificate and transcripts from Wits University.

This partly fictionalised book called Ezintakeni (A Literary Rite of Passage) embodies the image of strong Pan-African women with feminist ideals.

Last year Thobeka went to the rite of passage traditional ceremony for Xhosa girls and researched the idea of the rite of passage in modern times. “I realised that certain values have been lost in this modern day and females don’t maintain agency over their own bodies and take harassment,” she said.

In her short stories and poems she confronts the “lack of moral values” Xhosa girls are faced with and tries to promote the independence of women, including her own. “Writing this book I got to move into another part of myself, the part wanting to be independent.”

Thobeka finished the 50 page book last week and put it in an E-book format to sell each copy for R50.00. With each copy she sells her dream of her certificate in hand becomes more of a reality.

*To place an order for Ezintakeni email umosa.kagbsinxo@gmail.com before the end of August.

Published: Wits Vuvuzela on 7 August 2015.

 

“Visibility is pivotal to LGBTIQA+ fight”

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LGBTIQA+ JUSTICE: Justice Edwin Cameron at the ACTIVATE Wits monthly talk. Photo: Anlerie de Wet

Justice Edwin Cameron supported the ACTIVATE Wits monthly pride talk on Friday by talking about how sexual orientation is a very complex matter in Africa.

Cameron, who came out in 1982, believes South Africa is the leading light in Africa in terms of same gender relationship acceptance, but he believes there is still a long road ahead.

He said because South Africa was the first in Africa to have a sexual orientation clause in it’s constitution, it has a responsibility to the LGBTI community to be “visible where they can, as visibility is pivotal to our fight.”

“They need to come out.”

The Justice urges the people to use the opportunities set in place by the legislative environment in the country to promote the cause of equality for all sexualities.

Cameron explained to the audience that Africa faces tremendous odds because “it faces different patriarchal higher archies.”

He praised the progress of certain activists in the United States and of those in countries such as Malawi where it is illegal to be in a same sex relationship. The progress that has been made in Africa irreversible, but people are still being imprisoned and assaulted for their sexuality, said Cameron.

There were members of the ACTIVATE Wits executive committee who were present at the event and still in the closet. Cameron use this case as an example that there is still much to be done to ensure that every person who identifies themselves as LGBTI fell safe to talk to their parents and communities about their sexuality.

Although things may be easier now than twenty years  ago, the road ahead “may have more bloodshed, hatred and incarceration, but the road is ours,” said Cameron.

Published: Wits Vuvuzela on 11 August 2015.

Boks ‘let the country down’

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Japan’s Karne Hesketh placing the ball over the chalk line for the winning try against the Springboks Saturday night. Photo: Charlie Crowhurst

South Africa’s  two time Rugby World Cup winning Springboks took on the underdog team of Japan on Saturday and lost.

Before the start of the first of the Pool B matches everyone knew this game would be historical as it was the first time these two sides met. To the surprise of rugby fanatics around the world, including that of Japan, the Asian side pulled well-deserved 32-34 win out of the bag in extra time.

“We let the country down, we let ourselves down…no excuses,” said Springbok head coach Heyneke Meyer.

Before the game Japan only won one out of their 24 matches in their RWC bids, whereas South Africa only lost four out of their 25 games.

From the kick-off Japan was on the Boks with every move they made putting pressure with their ability to get to the break-down faster than the green and gold.

They played tactically well and made good use of every opportunity the Boks gave them with penalties.

Although the Japanese displayed incredible rugby, one might say the Springboks’ starting XV were definitely not of the caliber that the world is use to.

Meyer chose to play heavy and slow players expecting Japan would be a walk-over win of at least 40 points, but he played right into Japan’s coach, Eddie Jones’ hands.

Springbok captain, Jean de Villiers was at a loss for words after the games, but commended the Japanese side for a fantastic game.

Never before has a team conceded this many points against South Africa in a RWC match.

Unless South Africa wins the rest of their pool games with two bonus points the Boks will be going home much sooner than expected.

They will be taking on an even tougher opposition in the form of Samoa next Saturday. If they lose this game their campaign for the cup is over.

Published: Wits Vuvuzela on 19 September 2015.

EFF disrupt Wits SRC election debate

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ROUND ONE: Wits EFF member on the Great Hall stage after the fight with Project W broke out. Photo Litalethu Zidepa

The Wits SRC Elections candidates’ debate was cancelled this afternoon when Wits EFF took over the stage chanting “NO SRC.”

Members of Wits EFF were singing and dancing outside the Great Hall before the debate and as the crowds started filling the hall they marched inside and onto the stage.

Wits EFF Secretary, Mbe Mbhele said the party believes the university is not listening to the students. “We feel the SRC is just a body that is meant to legitimise the university…but it doesn’t necessarily change anything because the people campaign against the same things every year.”

Mbhele explained issues such as the bus service has been brought up in campaigns since 2005 and “students are still complaining 10 years later.”

They continued to disrupt proceedings of the debate as the candidates from each party silently looked on from their seats on stage.

Campus Control arrived and stood by, while the organisers were seen going backstage with Campus Control’s Head of Investigations, Michael Mahada.

Soon after all the campaign managers were called backstage for an emergency meeting. When the group came out deputy chief electoral officer, Thembi Dlamini told Wits Vuvuzela the debate was cancelled based on a “collective decision”.

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A tussle broke out on stage between Project W members and those of Wits EFF. Expelled SRC president, Mcebo Dlamini was seen trying to intervene and break off the fight.

Campus Control escorted students out of the hall and locked the doors.

“I am utterly disappointed by the commontion that was caused specifically by the EFF,” said DASO campaign manager, Simphiwe Mbonani.

Mbonani complained the EFF didn’t give the parties a chance to tell students why they should vote for them.

The debate was meant to give the 2015/2016 candidates the opportunity to campaign within their student parties.

Published: Wits Vuvuzela on 18 August 2015