Torture the numbers and get results

Statistics in African countries cannot be trusted, claims Morten Jerven in his book Poor Numbers. Jerven, an associate professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, presented a seminar via Skype to the Power Reporting Conference in Johannesburg, based on...
EFF triggers PYA exodus

EFF triggers PYA exodus

SOME SRC members, who are also ANC Youth League (ANCYL) members, have dropped their black, green and gold T-shirts in favour of the red berets of Julius Malema’s new party. SRC vice president internal, Tokelo Nhlapo, joined the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on...
Israel apartheid concert round two

Israel apartheid concert round two

  By Emelia Motsai, Thuletho Zwane and Ray Mahlaka Wits has arranged for another Israeli musician to perform at the university to make up for the concert that was disrupted in March. After a concert was disrupted on March 12, the university asked the organisers...
Caught between gender roles

Caught between gender roles

  By Thuletho Zwane and Mia Swart Torn pieces of paper filled the stage. Crumpled clothing and ties surrounded wine and beer bottles. Sithembiso Khalishwayo, simply known as ‘Sthe’, appears and screams in anger: “As a child, I thought like a child, I spoke as a...
Cosatu under attack, who’s next?

Cosatu under attack, who’s next?

Zwelinzima Vavi, general secretary of Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), gave his lawyers instruction to challenge the CEC’s (Central Executive Committee), decision to place him on special leave after he was found guilty of having improper...