TWO people injured and hospitalised after police opened fire on protester’s and students outside UJ in Soweto, yesterday afternoon. Following Obama’s arrival in the country masses of people flocked outside the Town hall meeting to protest Obama’s visit to the country.
Protester’s objected to issues surrounding the war in Afghanistan and issues around global warming and the US not signing the Kyoto Protocol, which aims to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.
Witnesses at the scene tweet about what they saw happen between protester’s and the police. Tasneem Essop, the secretary for the Wits SRC tweeted that within the crowd of protester’s was students, including Wits students.
Members of the public further express their concern and objection to the amount of money the South African government has spent to accommodate Obama into the country. SABC News reported that many people protested because of the US supporting Israel and the involvement of the US military in the war in Irag and Afghanistan. UJ students protested against the University awarding Obama with an honorary doctorate.
Yeah so the government recently spent R900 million on accommodating Barack Obama in this country..I do not know the purpose of his visit but I do know that an unbelievable amount of families could of been housed and fed with that money and even relieved of poverty..and the mere thought of it being spent on a president that I don’t see contributing significantly to our people, sickens me..
USA President Barack Obama’s first visit to South Africa has received a lot of outcry over the past few days. Several labour unions, political movements and civil society bodies will stage protests and pickets during Obama’s two-day official visit. Some University of Johannesburg students will also protest against UJ’s decision to award Obama an honorary doctorate. The anti-Obama protests are aimed at Washington’s support for Israel and the US military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. President Jacob Zuma said government would not stop planned mass protests against Obama’s visit this weekend.
What do you make of Obama’s visit to SA? (Comments to be broadcast on SABC News)
Jimmy Mathebula is a 34 year old Computer Scientist at Wits University. His marriage has broken down. His business is in trouble. So as a last resort, Jimmy has decided to visit a traditional healer for the first tine in his life – to get advice from his ancestors. Will Jimmy find answers or will he be left with more questions? Film Team:
#WitsConfessions 2763: a female lecturer once hinted sex to me during consultation
#UCT Confession 890: I’m not saying the Res food is bad… But, it looks a lot more appetizing on the way out, than it does on the way in.
Facebook confession pages are seemingly everywhere. What started as a trend in the United States earlier in January this year has entrenched itself in the South African social media space, with university Facebook confession pages for every major South African institution now in existence.
Facebook confession pages are merely Facebook pages – different to personal profiles and specifically for any interest or special group. These ‘confession’ pages are public, and the stream of updates is anonymous and untraceable. [pullquote]A constant feed of relationship problems, embarrassing confessions, and institutional slander.[/pullquote]
The administrators of these pages have found a loophole that protects the identity of the posters by directing people to a separate web page outside Facebook that contains a form for a confession submission.
This allows anyone (not even those affiliated with the universities) to submit whatever they want anonymously via email to the administrators. These posts are then uploaded by the administrators who may, at their own discretion, filter out content or amend them.
The result is a constant feed of relationship problems, embarrassing confessions, and institutional slander.
The University of Cape Town (UCT) and Wits University (Wits) have responded to articles printed in the Cape Times and The Star individually, with both press releases distancing the institutions from these pages.
UCT highlighted the issue with anonymity of the posts and reminds readers that confessions may be false. UCT also noted that the administrators of the page are filtering out hate speech and defamation but made no reference to any action they might take.
Wits is actively monitoring the page for any infringements of its policies and would take any necessary action. Wits also recognises that these pages are a “form of expression” and that the university has not received any complaints from students or staff regarding this page.
The Wits Confessions Page on Facebook has been liked over twelve thousand times. Graphic: Dean Falcke
The reality is, given the current method in which these confession pages operate, both institutions are powerless to act. However, should any of the posts violate any of Facebook’s own content standards, it can be shut down. In an apparent response to keeping within these standards, the Wits confession page includes a code of conduct by the page’s administrators, and current confessions even obfuscate swear words.
As with many things on the Internet, this may turn out to be just a fad. With the novelty wearing off, some posters are running out of original content. But never fear, as someone on the internet is always watching to keep you on the straight and narrow: