Wits EFF victory for hungry students

The Student Affairs (DSA) office at Wits University has responded to the pleas from the Wits EFF to feed hungry students on campus. On April 17, members of the student organisation stormed the main dining hall on campus to take surplus food for hungry students after, they claimed, students had contacted them for assistance. In response the office of Dr Pamela Dube, the Dean of Students, has responded with positive solutions.

Wits EFF chairperson, Vuyani Pambo told Wits Vuvuzela that his organisation is quite happy with the solutions being implemented: “That is the victory that the action got.”

During the dining hall incident, members of Wits EFF chanted that “Students cannot achieve academic excellence on an empty stomach”.

According to the DSA, some of the solutions include:
• The provision of an online form which a needy student has to complete before receiving assistance; So far, 17 students have benefitted from this resolution.
• A needy student is allocated 10 meals from the dining hall then provided with a meal pack from the Wits Food Bank run by the Wits Citizenship and Community Outreach (WCCO), depending on the individual needs of the student. The Food Bank packs contain Stop Hunger Now meal packs.

The DSA says it is also in discussions with the SRC (Student Representatives Council) and Bhakti Yoga society about getting hot meals twice a week from the Hare Krishna Movement, who will soon set up a kitchen at Constitution Hill to feed the hungry local residents. The Wits Food Bank is also planning to work with the national Food Sovereignty Campaign to possibly establish food gardens on campus.

Pambo called on fellow students and staff to donate non-perishable food to help those in need.

ProjectW describe SRC President’s comments as “criminal”

Wits campus organisation, ProjectW issued their official statement this week in response to the SRC president’s comments about Hitler. The organisation which forms part of the Wits SRC, described Dlamini’s comments as “reckless”, “offensive” and “criminal”, and said they were tantamount to hate speech. 

The unedited version of the statement is reproduced below: 

“Dear South Africa

On the 26th of April the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Student Representative
Council (SRC) President Mcebo Dlamini/Sisulu made several comments on Facebook,
he further went on to make statements on various television channels . The effect of these
comments was that

• He loves Adolf Hitler.
• All white people have some Adolf Hitler in them.
• Every white person has an element of hate in them .
• Hitler had great charisma and organizational skills and is worthy of admiration

The SRC constitution states in its preamble that
1. The Students’ Representative Council is committed to exemplary student leadership in
defining the African Century.
2. it will uphold and safeguard the rights of all the students of the University of the
Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

The statements made by Mr Dlamini/ Sisulu are in clear contravention of these two guiding
principles . This is not exemplary behavior. The view that all white people have a bit of
Hitler in them is a clear racist attack and is tantamount to hate speech . The University
belongs to all who attend, this includes white students , to perpetuate hate to a group
against students of this university is not the job of the SRC and is not upholding their rights
to dignity and safety.

Section 2 of the constitution of the University clearly stipulates that our founding values are
based on :
(1) Upholding, respecting and promoting the founding values of the Constitution of the Republic of
South Africa 1996 and the rights contained in the Bill of Rights.
(2) Providing democratic, transparent, effective, accountable and coherent student leadership.
(3) Creating and sustaining an enabling academic environment and vibrant student community
striving for excellence, tolerance and respect for diversity.
(4) Representing the best interests of the student community.

It is evident that Mr Dlamini/ Sisulus statements are in contravention with the ideals of the
Constitution of South Africa and are in the realm of hate speech . It is also clear that these
statements are not in the best interests of the University community broadly , they cause
pain and stigma to several constituents of the university and in addition they bring the
University into disrepute.

The comments made by Mr Dlamini/ Sisulu are also in contravention of rule 18 of the
University which stipulate that no student may act in contempt of the University or act in
ways which bring the University into disrepute. In no way can this level of contravention
be acknowledged as justifiable and ProjectW denounces this as rhetorical hooliganism.

The outcomes of which are the endorsement of Adolf Hitler as a role model. The
veneration of his strategic organization is devoid of ethical considerations . The ends
clearly do not justify the means in the case of Adolf Hitler and the statements made by Mr
Dlamini are a celebration of means for the sake of celebrating means. Tactics can not be
examined with adulation if their outcome is to conjugate hate and perpetuate crimes
against humanity .

It is common cause that Adolf Hitler was a promoter of Eugenics , that he was a war
monger and above that a mass murderer. Hitler was anti black , anti homosexual, anti
women empowerment as well as being violently hateful to the Jewish community . The
extent of his evil are traumatizing to even consider. The hero worshipping of such a man
by influential student leaders , especially from a university with the gravitas of Wits can
reasonably lead to impressionable young minds viewing Adolf Hitler as a credible example
of leadership to emulate.

This form of speech is reckless, it is offensive and it is criminal.
We call upon the Vice Chancellor of the University to exercise his powers of suspension
under rule 1 of the Rules for student discipline to suspend Mcebo Dlamini from the SRC
pending the outcomes of an investigation into his original statements and his subsequent
defense of them.

– ProjectW.”

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Top Ten Freedom Day Movies

With the passing of Freedom Day on Monday, and so much talk about Xenophobia and racism, it is sometimes best to remember those who fought for freedom in our land and elsewhere, portrayed through film.

We have compiled a list of the top 10 most popular movies about the struggle for freedom in South Africa, according to their popularity on the IMDB (Internet Movie Database). So if you are hyped up or stressed about the events in our country in the past few weeks, take some time to relax with some popcorn this weekend with a few of these movies:

cry_freedom1. Cry Freedom
South African journalist Donald Woods (Kevin Kline) is forced to flee the country after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend of Steve Biko (Denzel Washington).

Wits SRC president responds to VC

Mcebo Dlamini, Wits’ SRC president, has responded to the statement issued by Wits Vice Chancellor (VC) Professor Adam Habib in which Habib’s condemned Dlamini’s recent ‘Adolf Hitler’ comments on a Facebook post. Habib has also referred “Mcebo Dlamini for investigation to see whether disciplinary charges should be brought against him in this regard”.

The unedited version of the statement is reproduced below: 

“Wits University is an anti-black space, built on the sweat and back of black mine-workers who are now long forgotten. The University remembers David Webster, Oliver Schreiner, Barney Barnato and hardly remembers Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, Benedict Wallet Vilakazi, Nelson Mandela, Essop Pahad and many others, alive and others dead.

Wits University privileges white bodies, white thought, white culture and white feelings. In fact, Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib went out of his way campaigning that the university residents are not diverse enough without white students who mostly willingly left residents when more and more black students were allowed into the university.

Professor Habib sent me an email informing me about a formal complaint from “a student and an alumnus about your posting,” and the “charge is of course racism.” He asked that I provide a context of this posting and how I respond to the charge that the posting is racist. I wonder why the Vice-Chancellor asks me to provide context when he has already made a public apology to all white people who are offended by a post I made on my personal Facebook account and subsequently conducted media interviews and expressed his condemnation on my remarks.

Racism is the violent process of black people’s subjugation which requires institutional power to continue the subjugation, something black people in general never had even in the democratic dispensation which gave all whites executive clemency for the mass murder of black people before they even went to court. It’s utterly shocking that given the history of this country that we have not come up with a theoretically coherent view and definition of racism. Racism is not defined to avoid offending white people, so anyone can be a victim, perpetrators become victims and victims become perpetrators.

How could black people be racist? Even after years of racist violence, they met in Kliptown and declared South Africa belongs to all, black and white.

Aldolf Hitler like all whites is no friend to black people but I fail to separate him as a freak of nature from the rest of white people. White people came to Africa to enslave black people, an underestimation of 2.5 million died on their way to America. Not a single person has taken responsibility for this genocide. Black people were violently dispossessed by whites of their land, humanity and dignity through capitalist colonial, exploitation, apartheid and structural racism. No one has taken responsibility for this genocide committed by whites.

History teaches us, that our collective experience as black people with whites have always dehumanized us, robbed us of our dignity, reduced us into permanent visitors in our own land, turned us into migrant labour, perpetual beggars and living copse.

Interestingly during the Rhodes Must Fall campaign and the subsequent defacing of other colonial statures, the public discourse did not highlight the atrocities committed against black people by these white colonialists. The black people that found the statures offensive and the ideas of white superiority they represented were labeled as senseless barbaric criminals who should be arrested. The justification was that despite the white supremacist ideas which these individuals held and the violent land grabs they committed, its heritage and should be preserved. In fact, a handful of whites chained themselves onto the statures prepared to die or harm anyone who dares touch their “history.”

I wonder why Professor Habib did not send a public apology to us black people when a fourth year law student Sinethemba Memela was told by a white student “I will fuckin’ kill you, you black bitch!” when she confronted the student about mocking the accent of a black lecturer? Is it because it was a black student who was racially abused? I wonder why he has not written a public apology to our outrage at the fact that at least 30 black workers outsourced to MJL electrical, a white company by the university have not been paid in months or that they’re not allowed into the library if they want to read and not even allowed to use the public toilets they maintain?

I also wonder how whites in their collective conciseness justify their privilege generated out of the indignity, dehumanization and exploitation of black people. Do they think it’s a coincidence that wherever the white/black dynamic exists, the white is always at the top and black at the bottom or is it because they, all of them in their collective consciousness believe in their supposed superiority and hard work and that black people are simply lazy.

I fear that Wits University punishes black radical thought, anyone who dare offends its white established values or offend white Jews will be punished like the 11 heroic students who put their academic careers on the line and challenged university management for bringing its name and values into disrepute by hosting Israeli funded pianist Yossi Reshef.

– SRC president, Mcebo Dlamini.”

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Physics lecturer wins Jozi hip-hop festival beat-making challenge

Thembelani ‘Jay Tip’ Gina won the beat-making challenge on Monday at the Back To The City music festival.

JAY TIP: Thembelani Gina won the Back To The City 10k challenge. Photo: Tseliso Monaheng

JAY TIP: Thembelani Gina won the Back To The City 10k challenge. Photo: Tseliso Monaheng

How does it feel to stand in front of a crowd of more than 20 000 people, with the grand prize in your hands? Jay Tip, a Nuclear Energy Master’s student and part-time lecturer at Tshwane University of Technology,  laughs coyly, “well I was very happy. Especially ‘coz the crowd was full of hip-hop heads, meaning they appreciate what I do.”

Thembelani Gina, known to the hip-hop beat making world as Jay Tip, won the Back To The City 10k challenge on Monday, 27th April.

I imagine beat making to be a highly intricate exercise. Requiring patience, as one has to add layers upon layers of sound. All the best beat makers I’ve met have been quiet people. Almost shy. Jay Tip is no different.

“Music is my place of hiding,”

Making music for him is a healing process. “Music is my place of hiding,” he says. But his journey through music hasn’t been easy, or without its bumps along the way. There is a Xhosa saying that I grew up hearing, ‘uThixo akaphi ngasandla’, meaning ‘God doesn’t go out shoving blessings down people’s throats’. Sometimes you just have to get up and start doing things, then he’ll assist you. There is a part of me that wants to believe that- especially considering that Jay Tip entered the competition last year, but was disqualified on a technicality. However another part believes that he is just a talented producer. Finish and Klaar.

The 30-year-old began growing an interest in music in 2007. Moving from KwaZulu Natal to Cape Town to study at the University of Cape Town, he became part of the UCT hip-hop club – meeting and mixing with different rappers, musicians, and producers. The club would not only create and strengthen friendships, but build strong musical relationships that Jay Tip says gave him a voice within the small but growing Cape Town hip-hop scene.

There was a rigorous process to entering the competition. Participants needed to submit their beats and from that a shortlist of 20 nominees were selected. Those 20 nominees needed to campaign for votes online. The 8 nominees with the most votes then battled it out on-the-day at the festival.

The annual festival, which started in 2007 brings hip-hop lovers from across the country to Mary Fitzgerald square in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Jay Tip is still very grounded when speaking about his success.

“I still have to grow. I still wanna work on my music, and improve on some of the things the judges advised I improve on. I have contributed beats to a couple of albums, so watch out for that. But for now I’m gonna go with the flow.”

Timeline: The death of Freddie Gray

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FREDDIE GRAY: Gray died in police custody two weeks ago after sustaining severe spinal injuries. His death has sparked protests in Baltimore, USA. Photo: Wikipedia

Freddie Gray joined a long list of Black men who died in the hands of the police in the United States. These incidents have garnered public interest, with some feeling the media hasn’t been fair in narrating the story. The 25-year-old died earlier this month from severe spinal injuries inflicted while in police custody. Peaceful protests broke out in Baltimore city, with pockets of protesters looting and throwing stones and bricks at police vehicles. The governor of Baltimore has declared a state of emergency and a curfew has been introduced.

The Baltimore protests have reintroduced a long standing conversation around police brutally in the United States, especially against young black men. Activists and protesters are rallying behind the #BaltimoreRiots hashtag on social media to voice their views on what they feel is an unjust system that devalues black lives. There are still many unanswered questions regarding Gray’s death. This timeline tracks the events from Gray’s death to the current state of emergency imposed on Baltimore city.

April 12:

8:39 am – Freddie Gray was standing on a street corner in his “impoverished” neighbourhood when he first made eye contact with a Baltimore Police lieutenant. Fearing victimisation by the police, he ran. Officers on bicycles chased after him. There are conflicting views on the treatment the police meted out to Gray at this stage. Initially police said no force was used while arresting Gray, but residents, who were watching and some taking video footage, refute this claim, saying police were violent, even dragging the now limp legged Gray to a police vehicle.

Amateur video taken by a bystander of Freddie Gray being dragged into a police vehicle.

When the officers caught up with Gray, a few blocks down, they found a knife in his pocket. This, they say, is what gave them reason to arrest him.

09:24 am – According to The Baltimore Sun, police drove around with Gray at the back of the van for close to 30 minutes before paramedics were called for the man who was now in “severe distress”. Gray, who had asthma, apparently asked for medical care several times, but was never attended to. From the time he was shoved into the van to the time paramedics were called, he had sustained severe fractures to his spine and was unable to speak as he had a shattered voice box.

April 19:

Gray remained in a coma in hospital for a week, until he died on the 19th April. After his death, activists gathered at the Baltimore City Hall to protest for justice and call for the police officers involved in Gray’s death to be investigated.

April 23:

As protests grew stronger, the tensions between the community and the police continued to build. Thousands of peaceful protesters poured into the streets of Baltimore, stopping traffic.

April 27:

April 27 was the day of Gray’s funeral, which was held at a church in Baltimore West. According to The Guardian, the Black Lives Matter slogan – made famous during the Michael Brown riots in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed 18 year old black boy was killed by a police officer – was written on a neon sign outside the church and was seen on two large screens, inside the church. Also present at the funeral was Eric Garner’s daughter (Garner was an unarmed black man killed by police in New York City) and the mother of Amadou Diallo (another unarmed black man who died after being shot at 41 times by police).

But after the funeral, massive riots broke out in Baltimore, with protesters burning vehicles and shops. This prompted the governor to call a state of emergency and introduce a week long curfew between 10pm and 5am, starting on Tuesday. At least 15 police officers were hurt and dozens of people arrested by Monday evening.

One killed and 240 injured in Denver train crash.

The train was on its way from Pretoria to Johannesburg when it collided with a stationary carriage.

METRORAIL CRASH: Metroplus carriages crashed into a building and another onto a platform. Photo: Illanit Chernick

METRORAIL CRASH: Metroplus carriages derailed into a building and another onto a platform. Photo: Illanit Chernick

A train crash in Denver, Johannesburg left one person dead and over 240 people injured, on Tuesday.

“I just heard this loud bang. The coach flew forward and lost its balance. I fell to the floor. There were people bleeding everywhere. I’m in shock.”
 The rear end collision took place in the early hours of the morning, when a Business Express train collided with a stationary Metrorail train. Both trains were travelling from Pretoria to Johannesburg.

At the scene of the crash, the metroplus carriages were derailed, one crashed onto the platform and another into a building.

One of the victims told The Star, “I just heard this loud bang. The coach flew forward and lost its balance. I fell to the floor. There were people bleeding everywhere. I’m in shock.”

Russell Meiring, an ER spokesperson added, “ER24 paramedics, along with various services, arrived on the scene and found the wrecked trains blocking the tracks completely. Bent metal and parts of the train had been spread across the scene.”

Crash was not caused by signal failure

Mosenngwa Mofi, CEO of Prasa (Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa) rail operations ruled out signal failure as the cause of the accident. He said that the crash occurred during the two minutes that the Metroplus train driver was communicating with the Metrorail control officer about whether or not to continue.

The woman who died has been identified as Tiisetso Napo, a Metrorail safety guard. Napo was standing at the back of the stationery train when the crash occurred.

Another woman, who has been identified as one of the train drivers, was air-lifted from the scene and taken to hospital where she is currently receiving critical healthcare.

CEO of Prasa, Lucky Monatana has said that Prasa will compensate the passengers that have been injured and has set aside 25 million rand. “The 25 million are for people who have suffered minor injuries… People will claim and we will pay them between R7 500, which is the minimum amount, and the maximum amount we will pay is R15 000, that will depend on the nature and extent of your injuries.”

Montana acknowledged the shortcomings of the current system and said that Prasa is in the process of implementing better railway systems. He also said that with the new systems there will be less space for human error.

REACHING FOR THE STARS

Siyabulela Xuza was at the Chamber of Mines yesterday afternoon sharing his life experiences in order to inspire others

There aren’t many South Africans who have the honor of having a planet named after them.

At the age of 26, Harvard graduate Siyabulela Xuza had this honor bestowed upon him after he took first place at an international science fair, the Global Science and Engineering fair for an alternative rocket fuel.

He gave a motivational talk to Engineering students at the Chamber of Mines yesterday afternoon.  Xuza had the audience eating out of his hands after sharing with them that he had been, even if it was for just four months, a Witsie who stayed at Knockando Halls of Residence before he found out that he had been awarded a scholarship to Harvard.

His story is one about perseverance and optimism that knows no bounds. He believes in hard work and to “Remain Ruthlessly Curious” which is his personal motto.

Believer: Siya Xuza sharing stories of his childhood in order to inspire Witsies. Photo: Michelle Gumede

Believer: Siya Xuza sharing stories of his childhood in order to inspire Witsies. Photo: Michelle Gumede

Xuza recounts how as a little boy growing up in Northcrest Township in Umthatha, he was fascinated by watching an airplane in the sky. He did not know what it was, but he wanted to find out.

At some point in his young life he decided he wanted to go to Jupiter, so he’d build a rocket. This decision led to him blowing up parts of his mother’s kitchen in an attempt to create fuel for his rocket.

Xuza’s story is appealing to so many young people because it is authentic. During the question and answer session, he explained how he prefers to tell his own story to inspire young people, in whose position he once was. He believes that because it’s genuine and it’s from him about him, then people are likely to get the message far easier.

“It is estimated that 850 million people in Africa do not have access to energy. As an innovator, it is our [sic] job to try to solve the problems of tomorrow by improving on yesterday’s solutions…” said Xuza. This is the reason he was inspired to create a micro fuel cell that will last longer after it has been charged. He does however admit that even though this cell will revolutionize the availability of power, it is still financially impractical to mass produce.

Xuza says this is why his partnership with TOTAL is so important because then he will be equipped with the necessary financial skills in order to solve this problem.

The humble and quietly confident young man is proof, as clichéd as this sounds, that if you work hard, have a clear vision and persevere, anything is possible.

 

Atman, an ineffable exploration of colours.

Armed with works on canvas, paper and cloth, Wits Fine Arts Masters student, Sheekha Kalan exhibited her art work as part of her Masters project this week at the Wits Fine art project space, The Point of Order. 

 

THE EXPLORATION OF COLOUR: Sheekha Kalan's mother Swamini Vishwamohini supporting her daughter. Photo: Litaletu Zidepa.

THE EXPLORATION OF COLOUR: Sheekha Kalan’s mother Swamini Vishwamohini gazing at her daughters work. Photo: Litaletu Zidepa.

 

An exploration of expressions of personal understanding through ineffable use of paint, cotton, colour, powder, pencil and space. The artworks left the visitors indulged with creative curiosity and challenged them with the intellectualism of modern art.

Describing her exhibition as “connecting the creativity that is within a person”, the MA student hopes one day she will change people’s perspectives through her art.

The nature of exploration has been central to her work: the threshold- the self as the subject of individual consciousness, the soul, and the supreme personal principle of life in the universe….the Atman.

Her Masters Research topic is on: Encounters with the Ineffable in Selected Artworks by Anish Kapoor and Karel Nel. 

ATMAN:  Kalan's work  explorats the self as the subject of individual consciousness, the soul, and the supreme personal principle of life in the universe. Photo: Litaletu Zidepa

ATMAN: Kalan’s work explores the self as the subject of individual consciousness, the soul, and the supreme personal principle of life in the universe. Photo: Litaletu Zidepa.

“The ineffable describes that which is too great or profound to be expressed in words and is often linked to the spiritual; the fluid and unfixed, the transcendence and the notion of revelatory,” she said.

In previous installations, Kalan has used a fusion of wood, cotton and wool, an intrinsic to her artistic exploration, which she explains as “creating environments that would draw the viewer into a contemplative and emotive space.”

“I am interested in drawing connections between spatial experiences and inward reflection or contemplating experience.”

The presentation brings together canvas, powder pigments, cotton and thread, transparent plastic and pencil on paper, and  uses these elements to articulate a foreground of a spatially experiential dimension.

The exhibition presented a range of colours, light, scale and materiality which are important elements in  Kalan’s work. When asked about these elements, Kalan said: “Through my articulation of these elements in the gallery space, my intention is to present works that will open up a contemplative space for viewers that may generate an ineffable experience.”

For a participant at the exhibition, this experience aims to showcase a process of drawing out from the invisible into the visible which awakens a stronger perception of the life force termed Atman by the artist.

“The self as the subject of individual consciousness, the soul, the supreme personal principle of life in the universe.”

Using inspiration from her muses, Kapoor and Nel, Kalan said: “I examined how both artists use their chosen materials, forms, and means of display in their artworks to perceptually engage the viewer in ways that can be seen to connect to ideas of [the] metaphysical.”

ENCOUNTERS WITH THE INEFFABLE: the exhibition presented canvas, powder pigments, cotton and thread, transparent plastic and pencil on paper, articulating them to foreground a spatially experiential dimension. Photo: Litaletu Zidepa

ENCOUNTERS WITH THE INEFFABLE: the exhibition presented canvas, powder pigments, cotton and thread, transparent plastic and pencil on paper, articulating them to foreground a spatially experiential dimension. Photo: Litaletu Zidepa

On the subject of art in South Africa and upcoming artists like herself, Kalan said: “I feel like the art field is becoming more open and accepting of different people and different ideas, which I find very inspiring. Everybody is supporting each other to be more creative.”

The Atman exhibition by Sheekha Kalan is still showing at the fine art project space, ‘The Point of Order’ at corner Bertha and Stiemens street, Braamfontein.

 

Wits SRC distances itself from President’s comments

SRC president, Mcebo Dlamini, on Wits Campus outside the Great Hall. Photos: Stock Images

SRC president, Mcebo Dlamini, on Wits Campus outside the Great Hall. Photos: Stock Images

The Wits Student Representative Council issued a statement distancing itself from the Adolf Hitler comments made by SRC president, Mcebo Dlamini on Facebook over the weekend. In the statement the SRC condemned the actions of Hitler and said “we find [it] equally deplorable the generalization that all white people have elements of Hitler in them”. They added that the SRC will continue to uphold and safeguard the rights of all students at Wits.

The full statement is reproduced below:

“The SRC President’s comments were made in his personal capacity and do not represent the views of the Council.

The Wits Student Representative Council notes that the Facebook account of our President Mcebo Freedom Dlamini has been under fire for personal comments that were made. Adolf Hitler like many other controversial figures cannot essentially be distanced from the crimes he committed against humanity.

As the SRC we condemn the actions of Hitler in the strongest terms and we find equally deplorable the generalization that all white people have elements of Hitler in them. We emphasize that these statements were not made in our name.
In no way do we condone the human rights atrocities of the holocaust, or the senseless killing and oppression of human beings anywhere at any time in history.

It is also important that we understand Mr Dlamini’s comment in his intended context, the comments made do not in any way condone Hitler’s actions. Mr Dlamini is in the process of clarifying himself and putting his comments into context. As it stands the comments made and the way in which they have been understood is unacceptable.

To all individuals who have been offended by this incident we want to apologise, this in no way reflects the values of the SRC. Regardless of the offensive nature of what was said by Mr Dlamini in his personal capacity, the SRC will continue to uphold and safeguard the rights of all students of the University of the Witwatersrand, and students can rest assured that the trust in which we were mandated to fulfil our duties on the SRC will be upheld.

-Issued by Senzekahle Mbokazi on behalf of the Wits Student Representative Council”

How Witsies are reacting to SRC President Statements on Hitler

Witsies have their say about the SRC president Mcebo Dlamini’s comments he made over the weekend when he said “I love Adolf Hilter”.

 

What is your view on the Mcebo Dlamini saying that that he loves Hitler, comparing him to Benjamin Netanyahu and saying that there is an element of Hitler in every white person?

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Santeal Ramsaroop, 2nd year engineering student. Photo Valerie Robinson.

 

“I thought that it was pretty offensive to white people in general but especially Jews, Jewish people.”

How do you feel about the fact that it is the SRC president saying these things?

“I don’t know I just thought it was irresponsible coming from a leader he shouldn’t have said something like that. I mean Adolf Hitler was a terrible person and to say there is a bit of Adolf in every white person is very racist, it’s generalising and it’s wrong” said Santeal Ramsaroop,  2nd year engineering student.

 

 

 

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3rd year Civil Engineering student. Photo Valerie Robinson

 

What is your view on the Mcebo Dlamini saying that that he loves Hitler, comparing him to Benjamin Netanyahu and saying that there is an element of Hitler in every white person?

“He wasn’t wrong but it was a bad choice of words because we see Hitler as this bad guy who killed a whole lot of people you don’t have to go anywhere to learn about Hitler we just know that Hitler was bad he did this, he did this. And saying white people are like Adolf Hitler is something else because we have white people everywhere you know they are our brothers and our sisters. I think he was basically discriminating.”

How do you feel about the fact that it is the SRC president saying these things?

“I’m not into deep politics but he shouldn’t have said it, because he has a huge influence in Witsies having seen people follow what he does and he’s famous to everyone he shouldn’t have said that with the position he has and the face he has to everyone.”  3rd year Civil Engineering student.

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Tumelo Maleka , 2nd year Actuarial Sciences student. Photo Valerie Robinson.

 

 

What is your view on the Mcebo Dlamini saying that that he loves Hitler, comparing him to Benjamin Netanyahu and saying that there is an element of Hitler in every white person?

“Look it was a very careless remark, the thing is what you should understand when you are in a position of leadership you cannot say certain things to the media like you would with your friend you can get away with a lot of things when you talk to your friend but you shouldn’t take those comments and utter them in public. Some of the stuff he said made a lot of sense for example drawing comparison between what is happening in Israel and Palestine with what Hitler did that’s a fair comparison but then after laying out that premise to go further and say that he admires Hitler’s leadership skills after he had the premise of comparing Palestine and Hitler that was a bit stupid if I may say so.

How do you feel about the fact that it is the SRC president saying these things?

If you have a position of leadership you can’t have a conversation with media like you would with your friends.”  Tumelo Maleka, 2nd year Actuarial Sciences student.

 

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Ariella Gimpel, 1st year Architecture student. Photo Valerie Robinson.

 

How do you feel about the fact that it is the SRC president saying these things?

“I thought that as the kind of head figure of an institution it was kinda inappropriate I mean it is ok to admire someone as a leader but when you say you love someone who kinda did some really awful things it’s not so cool.” Ariella Gimpel, 1st year Architecture student.

 

YOUR MAMA’S KITCHEN: FOOD FOR YOUR SOUL

Your Mama’s  Kitchen is  a music event that organizers hope will happen annually to keep band-culture alive in Braamfontein.

Making live magic: Moeketsi Tapisi and Thabiso Mphahlane of New Creation. Photo: Sibongile Machika

Making live magic: Moeketsi Tapisi and Thabiso Mphahlane of New Creation. Photo: Sibongile Machika

Watching a live concert is completely fulfilling .

It was a pleasant surprise then to hear about an event called Your Mama’s Kitchen which was held at The Bannister Hotel on Friday evening.

The main idea behind the event was to bring back live bands.

Tapisi, who is also a guitarist in the band New Creation and one of the organizers of the event said, “We saw a gap. There’s Pop Bottles which is only djs and there’s Joy of Jazz which doesn’t cater for the young people.

“So Mama’s Kitchen was an idea that came from a friend of mine Super, the rapper of New Creation, and the idea was basically that we have Impande Core’s Radio 1, 2, 3 who have established a name for themselves, therefore we can bring them together with other bands to create something fresh. An opportunity for people to experience live music and for the bands to get a following nyana”.

” something that was written by the Gods of music that someday there‘d be bands like these, that would play music they are not expected to play”.

The line-up attracted quite a crowd, with almost 100 people making their way to the rather small basement space where the event was hosted.

It featured four unsigned bands, namely Don’t Mind Don’t Care (DMDC), Radio1, 2, 3, The Undergrounds and New Creation, with the headline act being The Muffinz.

Thabang ‘Bassick’ Moletsane of DMDC expressed the band’s pleasure at being exposed to larger audiences. Bongani ‘Fingerzz’ Mathunjwa, his band mate, also said that the variety of sounds exhibited at your Mama’s Kitchen allowed people to transcend the borders of genres and enjoy the music without boundaries.

Drummer of DMDC, Xolani ‘Cush’ Mtshali agreed and further stated “we’re trying to get to more ears, we want to move this thing to a more commercial scene. To us events like this are important because then we get to more ears and we won’t get stuck in dungeons”.

Vocalist of Radio 1, 2, 3 Smanga, explained how the coming together in events such as Mama’s Kitchen was a powerful way of showing that live music and the culture around it is not dead. He further stated that it was their “cause, something that was written by the Gods of music that someday there‘d be bands like these, that would play music they are not expected to play”.

The event certainly attracted young people from all walks of life. It was symbolic of the lively and very different mixture of young people that live-in and walk through the streets of Braamfontein.

Finger Magic: Bongani 'Fingerzz' Mathunjwa of DMDC

Finger Magic: Bongani ‘Fingerzz’ Mathunjwa of DMDC Photo: Sibongile Machika