Missing UJ student found in Cape Town

A second-year mechanical engineering UJ student who has been missing for weeks has been found in Cape Town.  

12687957_927898337306181_4533466266368012386_nUniversity of Johannesburg (UJ) student, Ronewa Mamburu, who has been missing for over two weeks was found last Thursday in “a place of safety”, in Cape Town, according to his uncle.   Justice Mamburu said he personally followed a lead to Cape Town and found Mamburu without the assistance of South Africa Police Service (SAPS) officials.

“I did my own investigation without any assistance from the police or anybody else”, Ronewa’s uncle.

According to the family, Mamburu, 19, was unharmed when he was found. Justice Mamburu said the family are allowing him time to settle down but he will be examined by a psychologist to check on his mental state.

Mamburu’s mother, Mkhumeleni Mamburu, said she is happy and relieved that her son has been found him safe.  “I am very happy that we found him.  I spoke to him over the phone yesterday and he sounds alright”, she said.

Mamburu is currently with his uncle in Welkom and the family say they have no explanation for his disappearance. “I didn’t want to ask him a lot of things at this point.  I think he will speak when he’s ready and tell us what led him to leave without saying anything”, said Mkhumeleni Mamburu.

Mamburu, a second year mechanical engineering student, went missing on his way from his home in Limpopo to UJ’s Robin Crest residence at the Doornfontein Campus during the weekend of July 30.

Family speaks about missing UJ student

A second year UJ student had been missing for more than a week now, and his family are still no closer to finding him. 


A collage of images of missing UJ student Ronewa Mamburu. Photo: Facebook.

The mother of missing University of Johannesburg (UJ) student, Ronewa Mamburu says she is devastated by her 19-year-old son’s disappearance. Speaking to Wits Vuvuzela earlier today, Mkhumeleni Mamburu says ongoing rumours about the case are makes things worse.  “I can’t explain how I am feeling … I  didn’t even wake up today, something I am not used to”, says Mkhumeleni.

Mamburu, a second year mechanical engineering student, went missing on his way from  his home in Limpopo to UJ’s Robin Crest residence at the Doornfontein campus during the weekend of July 30. He was last seen near the Gautrain train station in Johannesburg soon after disembarking the bus he was travelling in.  According to reports given to the family, Mamburu apparently waited at the station for a friend while other passengers dispersed.

Mamburu’s uncle, Justice Mamburu, says the investigating officer has now received the relevant authorisation to access Mamburu’s phone and banking records to allow police to widen their investigation. Justice says he called Mamburu on July 30 and 31, but found that the missing man’s phone was off. “I called his mom to double-check if indeed he left home on Saturday.  They told me he did and they couldn’t get him on his phone,” said Justice.

The family say they also followed up information from one of Mamburu’s friends that the young man had travelled to Pretoria to visit a friend. According to his uncle, Mamburu never visited his girlfriend and the friend later confessed to lying.

The case is being handled by the Hillbrow Police Station and the investigation into the phone and bank records, according to Justice Mamburu, is expected to last about a week.


Project W responds to allegations of missing money

Project W recently spoke to Wits Vuvuzela to set the record straight about the allegations of mismanagement of funds.

Project W and SAUJS shared an office during the election campaign period. Photo: Provided

Project W offices. Photo: Provided

An article that was published by Wits Vuvuzela revealed that Project W is under investigation, for mismanagement of funds collected during an iPad raffle competition held in 2014.

Dr. Pamela Dube, Dean of Students at Wits University, confirmed to Wits Vuvuzela that, “A separate process is being conducted together with Project W pertaining to allegations about them.”

But Project W says that they have no knowledge of this investigation.

The organisation also said that it was inaccurate to allege that R50000 was collected in the raffle competition. The actual amount was R10 370, which is the amount that they raised last year for the iPad raffle.

“We never raised R50 000, at no particular point did we say we raised R50 000” said Jamie Mighti, member of Project W. “I don’t know where Shaeera gets that number, R50 000.”

“when we raise money, we raise money, solely for students”

Mighti said that the money from the raffle was initially meant to go the Humanitarian Fund but the organisation later decided that they would instead contribute the proceeds to their own textbook fund. At the time posters about the raffle which had already been printed and put up advertised that funds collected would go to the Humanitarian Fund, but Project W later made it clear to the Student Representative Council that the money raised would not go the Humanitarian Fund.

Project W revealed that they had made numerous posts on their Facebook page about their text book fund, which is what they have used the money for. Evidence provided by Thamsanqa Pooe, President of Project W, indicated that the money was used for the text book fund.

“Thanks to all those Witsies who helped raise money for the textbook fund. Project W has been able to hand over R15000 worth of books over the last semester for students,” read’s a post that the organisation had put up Facebook on May 13.

What about the car raffle?

The earlier article published by Wits Vuvuzela  mentioned that the car raffle that project W was hosting this year was cancelled due to the investigation. Project W however has confirmed that as far as they know, the win a car raffle was not cancelled but instead put on hold.

“The raffle was not cancelled in the first instance, there were some things which were not aware we had to comply with, which we have complied with. We are pending to resume the raffle “, said Mighti, who added that,  “Comrades complained and said we were campaigning and that’s why the raffle was suspended.”

Pooe added that, “With the car raffle, the purpose is to raise money for students with outstanding fees… when we raise money, we raise money, solely for students.”

Chester Missing raises funds for two Witsies

Two Wits students were the beneficiaries of funds raised at the Cabinet Comedy show in the Great Hall on Friday evening. 

CHUCKLES: Chetser Missing had the audience in stitches at the Cabinet Comedy held at The Great Hall on Friday evening. Photo: Boipelo Boikhutso

CHUCKLES: Chester Missing had the audience in stitches at the Cabinet Comedy Show at The Great Hall on Friday evening. Photo: Boipelo Boikhutso

Two first-year Witsies were the recipients of the funds raised through YouthLab’s Cabinet Comedy Show in the Great Hall on Friday night.

Rofhiwa Tshikovhi and Livhuwani Mukwevho were in the audience watching show headlined by South Africa’s most famous puppet, Chester Missing.

Missing, and his handler Conrad Koch, were joined by Mojak Lehoko, Lihle Msimang and Alfred Adriaan who held nothing back in the austere venue.

The comedians had the audience in stiches with comedy centred around ethnic jokes, the University of Johannesburg, President Jacob Zuma, Julius Malema and the controversial Mcebo Dlamini’s love for Hitler.

Lehoko compared Hitler to Voldemort from Harry Potter, referring to him as “he who must not be named”. “Hitler is a touchy subject, we do not go there,” he said.

According to one of the organizers of the show, Pearl Pillay, the show was a fundraising initiative to ensure that Tshikovhi and Mukwevho “do not become part of the high number of South Africans students to drop out of university due to financial pressure”.

The students hail from Soweto and went to Matseliso Secondary School where they both scored numerous distinctions in their matric results.

Mukwhevo is currently pursuing a degree in Mining Engineering and would like to work for an oil mine in Eastern Asia. She told Wits Vuvuzela that she is “humbled as this is a great honour to have someone like Chester Missing performing to raise funds for me.”

Tshikovhi described his upbringing as a normal one. “I might not have had everything I wanted, but I had everything I needed,” he said. He is currently studying a general Bsc degree with the hopes of specialising in his Honours.

He told Wits Vuvuzela that he will forever be grateful to YouthLab for continuously changing his life for the better.

According to the man behind the puppet, Koch, the biggest separation in our society is “the economic walls that we have and education is a huge aspect of that.”

Lehoko told Wits Vuvuzela that as a fellow Wits student himself, he feels that it is important to give people “opportunity to pursue education”

Pillay said the total figure of the funds raised has not been finalized yet.

Chester Missing comes to the Great Hall

The country’s most famous puppet comes to the Great Hall this Friday night. Chester Missing will join a host of other comedians at 8pm in an event hosted by YouthLab.

Together with Mojak Lehoko, Alfred Adriaan and Lihle Msimang, Missing will perform in aid of two Wits students and some of YouthLab’s projects.

Pearl Pillay, a Wits Masters student in Politics, and one of the organisers of the event, told Wits Vuvuzela that the idea of a comedy show came after a discussion they had with Messing.

The students were scholars at Matseliso Secondary School in Soweto and passed matric with flying colours but were only partially funded. YouthLab launched a library project for the school in the past.

Adriaan told Wits Vuvuzela that students can look forward to a funny-to-the-point comedy. “I don’t hold back and my comedy is centred around life and the funny things people do”, he said.

He said he wanted to give back to the community because he was also given an opportunity to study in the form of a scholarship.

Msimang said that she decided to participate in the comedy show because “it is an honour to help a young mind get an education, to further grow this country”.

Pillay said that it only made sense for YouthLab to host the show as they deal with politics and political satire is big in the country.

“Comedy is also a great way to raise awareness and stimulates thought in a way that’s not tiring,” she said.

“Wits alone has given Chester a lot of material so expect customized comedy.”

According to Pillay, the comedy show is going to be “absolute madness and Wits alone has given Chester a lot of material so expect customized comedy”.

YouthLab is a three-year-old organization and recently launched a branch at Wits. According to their website, some of their objectives include: educating the youth on key issues of policy, society and economics in South Africa and also creating a platform for young people to have open discussions with political parties.

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The missing piece of the film puzzle

MR HOLLYWOOD: Joe Kazadi is the star and producer of the independent film, The Missing Piece, set in the Johannesburg CBD.                   Photo: Luke Matthews

MR HOLLYWOOD: Joe Kazadi is the star and producer of the independent film, The Missing Piece, set in the Johannesburg CBD. Photo: Luke Matthews

AN INDEPENDENT “Afropolitan” film about recovery and redemption will be shot in and around downtown Johannesburg during May.
The Missing Piece combines the talents of South African writer Cinga Maseti, Cameroonian director Cedric Wembe and Congolese producer/actor, Joe Kazadi. It tells the story of Joe (28), who has to find happiness again after losing his family.

“Life has totally taken the taste out of him. So he’s dry, dry, dry,” said Kazadi, who plays Joe.

The Missing Piece refers to a teddy bear owned by a little girl who befriends Joe. “This little girl is basically the only person that shows love to this guy. She smiles at him every time he comes to the park,” said Kazadi.

Their relationship turns when Joe breaks into a house in order to get something to eat, not realising it is the house in which the little girl lives.
Kazadi described the story as “beautiful” and said it was inspired by the married couple he used to live with. The story came from what he imagined life would be like after a man got married.

“I just wanted to show the people that there’s a lot that happens to a man after he has made that commitment.”

 [pullquote]”I was just trying to show that this guy [Joe] is going to find happiness through his own talent.”[/pullquote]

He was also inspired by the love people had for each other and he wanted to teach the audience we should accept one another. “We want a person because they either have a talent or they have something that you need. I was just trying to show that this guy [Joe] is going to find happiness through his own talent.”

The overall message of the film, according to Kazadi, is: “We must never give up. If you look at the whole story, this guy is dry, [the] life is out of him and, where he has lost hope, that’s when somebody come(s) from nowhere to pick him up.”

Kazadi came up with the original story, but did not write the script himself. The script was written by Maseti, a graduate of Afda film school in Auckland Park. Maseti, who graduated this year, has made several student films, one of which was shown at Cinema Nouveau in Rosebank at Afda’s annual graduation film festival.

Kazadi handed over scribe duties to Maseti because he wanted the script to be written by a professional. They were introduced by a mutual friend. Wembe, the director, has worked professionally in the industry. Kazadi met him when they were playing soccer.

Kazadi himself has worked professionally as an actor. He appeared in an American series, Strike Back, which showed locally on M-Net. He also appeared in Jacob’s Cross, Ekasi Stories and Generations.

Commenting on his attitude to the African film industry, Kazadi told Wits Vuvuzela, “I’m not so positive about the way we make films. I would really like it if everyone took this job seriously to show the world that we too can win awards and we have that ability to make great films.”

He did not believe Africa had achieved that yet.

The film will be shot in Bree street in Braamfontein and in Hillbrow. Shooting will start on May 1, and will premiere at the Wits School of Arts.
Kazadi said he hoped to take the film further. “We want to take this film to as many places as possible.”