Varsity Round-up 18 May 2012

Safety at University of Limpopo under scrutiny

A Star reporter showed up security on the University of Limpopo’s Turfloop campus on Friday May 11 by walking on to campus with a knife and a toy gun.

Moloko Moloto had a 36cm-long knife tied to his leg underneath his jeans, and a toy gun tucked in the back of his pants, and walked into campus unhindered.

Despite the fact that guns and knives are strictly prohibited on campus, Moloto was not searched. He claims that security guards “simply allowed strangers to walk in”.

Earlier this month, students allegedly killed campus thug Lekau Mamaboloon, and assaulted seven of his friends. Students assaulted the men as they reportedly attempted to rob the students. University management said the men were not students and had been on campus illegally.

Last month, a law student was stabbed to death just outside campus.

A shooting last year prompted the university to install metal detectors at the entrances to campus. However, they were removed a month later.

University spokesman Kgalema Mohuba said he did not know that the metal detectors had been removed, and blamed the external security company, Mafoko Security Services.

Mafoko Security Services declined comment.

 

UFS rector wants pass mark raised to 50%

University of the Free State rector Jonathan Jansen criticised the teaching standards in South Africa on May 10, saying pupils should be expected to receive 50% in order to pass.

Jansen was speaking at a meeting of Umalusi, the council that sets and supervises standards for general and further education and training.

He said universities could no longer accept the low standards set by the current education system. Post-apartheid education did not cater for the poor, rural child, he said, and many schools had untrained teachers and were exceptionally badly run.

Published in Vuvuzela print edition, 18 May 2102

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Witsies over the edge

Wits, according to its branding slogan, “gives you the edge”. Some Witsies, however, have toppled over the edge and found themselves on the wrong side of the law.

The now-infamous dreadlocked drug smuggler, Nolubabalo Nobanda, made headlines in December 2012 attempting to smuggle 1,5kg of cocaine into Thailand, by hiding the drug in her hair.

Nobanda was a Wits student although the university initially denied this. It later acknowledged Nobanda was registered in 2007, adding that confusion arose from Nobanda not re-registering the following year.

Nobanda was allegedly going to be paid R16 000 to smuggle the R2 million’s worth of drugs into Thailand. She was caught by customs officials at the Thai airport who noticed the white powder in her hair.

In recent years Wits itself has been the scene of the crime when frustration with staff gave former students a different edge.

In 2001, the stress of opening night proved too much for doctoral drama student Sikhumbuzo Yani who shot Prof Malcolm Purkey.

Yani allegedly drew the gun only to scare Purkey. But as Purkey fled, Yani shot him in the leg. Yani claimed the shot was fired after he was jostled by someone else.

Yani pleaded guilty in court to a charge of attempted murder and was sentenced to three years house arrest. He was also required to attend an anger management course.

In 2003 Glenda Lane, Wits’ assistant registrar of students at the time, fell foul of disgruntled student Thapelo Moselenyane.

Moselenyane held Lane hostage for six hours after he was not granted an emergency loan.

Lane was only released when Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who he had demanded to see, came to Wits and unlocked the office herself.

In court, Moselenyane admitted to everything but denied he was guilty. A panel of psychiatrists who evaluated Moselenyane found he did not know the difference between right and wrong and could thus not be held responsible for his actions.

The court ruled that Moselenyane was not guilty due to his mental problems and ordered that he should receive treatment from Sterkfontein hospital.

Staceyann Chin visits Wits

SHOCK TACTICS: On the opening night of WALE, Jamaican poet Staceyann Chin shocked and regaled the audience on the library lawns with excerpts from her book, The Other Side of Paradise – A Memoir. “How are the men handling?” she laughed, after a detailed extract about getting her first period. “If you’re next to man hold him – he’s having a hard time. And not the kind he’s used to.” Chin’s work has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Pittsburgh Daily. She also appeared on the Oprah Show, where she shared her experiences of growing up as a lesbian in Jamaica, which is also one of the main themes of The Other Side of Paradise.

Click here for the full Wits Arts and Literature Experience (WALE) schedule.

Varsity round-up

Rhodes student murdered

THE body of a Rhodes student was found in Port Elizabeth on April 13. She had been stabbed in her neck and chest.

News24 reported that Lelona Thembakazi Fufu, 23, was murdered while hitchhiking to her graduation ceremony last week.

Police spokesperson André Beetge said that, since Fufu’s clothes were still on but her valuables were gone, police believed she had been robbed and then murdered.

Fufu would have been awarded her BSc Honours degree on Thursday evening.

 

Five universities under fire

INVESTIGATIONS  at five universities have revealed problems in the governance of certain institutions, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has announced.

According to Daily News, Nzimande announced on April 16 that Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), the University of Zululand, Walter Sisulu University, Vaal University of Technology (VUT) and the Central University of Technology were under scrutiny for maladministration.

Assessors at TUT reported “continued governance problems” and a lack of progress by the university council in complying with recommendations made by a commission of inquiry and an audit by KPMG.

At the University of Zululand, the assessor reported an “unhealthy”, bordering on “dysfunctional”, relationship between the vice-chancellor and the council.

A lack of student governance was also cited as an issue at the university, where there has been no SRC since 2009.

Walter Sisulu University is reportedly in “dire financial straits”, and academic results are substandard.

Nzimande said he had not yet been given the reports on Vaal University of Technology and Central University of Technology.

 

 

 

Payment saga at UKZN continues

THE University of KwaZulu-Natal has denied accusations that it paid random amounts of money into contract workers’ accounts, following a three-month delay in payments.

Some lecturers and tutors have not been paid since January, East Coast Radio reported, and have stopped lectures as a result.

After students threatened to protest in support of the staff, some payments were made on April 13 and 14. However, staff claim they were paid incorrect amounts. One person claimed to have been paid just R16.

The university has cited administrative glitches for the problems, and said that backlogs would be sorted out soon.

Warm up this winter: winter events guide

Rooftop Concerts

Skyroomlive.com presents a series of shows by major local artists this month, performed on the roof of Jo’burg’s Lister Building. These exclusive events will cost a pretty penny (R300), but if you don’t want to miss out on acts such as The Parlotones, Prime Circle and Jack Parow, simply log on to www.skyroomlive.com or Facebook to watch the show via live streaming. All shows will be streamed live from 7pm to 8pm. The line-up is as follows:

22 April                      CrashCarBurn

23 April                      Arno Carstens

24 April                      The Parlotones

25 April                     Prime Circle

26 April                     Newtown Knife Gang (7pm) and Jack Parow (9pm)

29 April                     aKING

30 April                     Dan Patlansky

Look out for some of the Vuvuzela team on Sunday 22 April – we’ll be covering the CrashCarBurn show.

Circus Street Party

On April 26, Nicci Beach at Wild Waters will play host to DJ Fresh, Ricardo Da Costa, Harael Salkow, Kyle Worde, and Deepgroove, among others, who will play to crowds across three dance floors. Nicci Beach promises “an audio-visual banquet in an electrifying circus atmosphere”. Five hundred “early bird” tickets are available at R100, pre-sale tickets cost R120, and tickets bought at the door cost R150. The party is set to run from 8pm to the early hours of Freedom Day.

MK By Die Dam

MK music channel is hosting 33 top local artists at the Vaal Marina Waterfront in Vanderbijlpark from Friday April 27 to Sunday April 29. This is first of what MK hopes will be an annual event. Performances start at 10am and a DJ will take the estimated 30 000 fans on to 4am. The event also boasts jet ski rides, para-sailing and a showcase by the world champ wakeboarding team. The full three days will cost R450, while a one-day pass is R180. The line-up includes The Black Hotels, Jack Parow, Flash Republic, Goodluck and aKING. For more details, visit www.mkbydiedam.co.za.

Johannesburg food and wine show

For the more cultured student, the Jo’burg Wine Show is happening from May 4 to 6 at the Coca-Cola Dome. The event promises “a fun, interactive and educational celebration of all things wine”, and offers tastings from popular estates, as well as from boutique wineries. Tickets range from R100 to R180. For more information, visit www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za

 

The Colour of Music is Green

The Colour of Music is Green Festival, the “world’s first global warming festival”, is happening at Huntersfield Stadium in Katlehong on Saturday May 5. The line up includes Micasa, DJ Fresh, DJ Kent and Teargas. Tickets will set you back R120 or R250 for a VIP ticket. See www.rudzconcepts.co.za.

Mystery Ghost Bus Tour

Get your heart racing and your blood pumping on Jo’burg’s very own Ghost Bus. The tour begins at 7pm at Pound & Penny Pub, at the Sunnyside Park Hotel, and returns at midnight. In between, the bus will make stops at Jo’burg’s most haunted sites, and offers participation with dowsing rods used to find “energy fields”, which might indicate an otherworldly presence. Details and photos of the tours can be found at www.mysteryghostbus.co.za. The next tour is scheduled for Saturday May 12. Tickets cost R295.

Student spending in SA

 

A recent student spending report, conducted by student marketing company Student Village and Unisa, has shown some interesting results. Vuvuzela has put together a video to highlight a few of their findings. Do you think they are accurate? Comment below to have your say.

Five minutes with Wits Miss Varsity Shield, Portia Daniell

The Wits Miss Varsity Shield Finalists from left to right: Geordi Weyer; Prudence Mokgorotso; Alex Howell; Portia Daniell; Kelly Rule Image: varsitycup.co.za

On the day of the Miss Varsity Shield finals, Portia took some time out to chat to the Vuvuzela, all the way from Cape Town.

What are you studying?

Bachelor of Law, 3rd year.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I enjoy chilling with my friends, reading, listening to music. I love playing and watching sport. I have a thirst for traveling the world and learning about different people and their cultures.

Where are you from – where did you grow up and go to school?

I was born and bred in Johannesburg and I went to St Martin’s High School.

How did you become involved in Miss Varsity Shield?

I attended all the home rugby games and was picked out of the crowd.

What has the experience been like?

My experience has been phenomenal. I’ve met a whole lot of new people and have become rather keen on rugby (as I wasn’t before hand).

 What do you plan to do if you win the title?

I plan to represent Wits and help out with the Miss Varsity Shield next year, and spread more awareness about the competition in an attempt to get more girls interested in the game.

What are you plans for the future?

I recently signed with one of SA’s top five law firms, and I plan to start my articles there in 201

What’s on the agenda for the Miss Varsity Shield finalists in Cape Town today?

It really is nice here, and we are all having loads of fun. We’re doing a photo shoot, interviews, as well as spa treatment, so it’s going to be a busy busy day!

Varsity round-up

University of Pretoria

A Tuks medical student has been granted a court interdict against a fellow student, for sexual harassment.
The respondent reportedly said to the applicant, “I am going to sit behind you and follow you on campus and in your car… I love you, I am going to stalk you for the next three years… Man bitch! Fag! Weirdo! I’m going to bliksem you!”
The order prevents the respondent from making any contact with the applicant, physically, telephonically or electronically.

The 22-year-old student claims the respondent is hounding him with text messages and on Facebook despite having explicitly assured the respondent that he is not homosexual. The student attempted to block the respondent on the site but the respondent created false profiles to contact him, declaring his love for the medical student.
In the messages, the respondent reportedly begged to see the applicant naked, and “to kiss him and if he [the applicant] felt nothing, promised to leave him alone”.
In his statement, the applicant said, “The respondent is making it impossible for me to normally attend class. He is invading my personal space. He makes me feel unsafe and I desperately need the protection of the court.”
The respondent’s mother wrote a letter supporting the application for the court  order against her son. She expressed her “absolute regret” for the “fiasco” that her her son was responsible for.

 

University of Limpopo

A University of Limpopo student has been arrested for allegedly dumping her newborn baby in a toilet.
The dead infant was discovered in a pit toilet in the garden by the owner of the off-campus residence where the girl lived. It is unclear whether the baby was alive when the incident occurred.
The third year BA Administration student has been barred from her residence, but the university has said that they will support their student.
“While we regret the incident, we will give our student emotional support,” said Kgalema Mohuba, the university’s spokesperson.
The body was taken to government mortuary, where a post-mortem will be conducted to determine cause of death.

 

University of Zululand

Lectures at the University of Zululand were disrupted this week, following violence fuelled by a dispute between student political groups.
The dispute began last weekend at a student representative council (SRC) meeting held to brief students on the activities of the National Students Movement (Nasmo)-led council during its term of office. The conflict was reportedly between Nasmo, the South African Student Congress (Sasco) and the Young Communist League.
On March 25, six students were injured and a staff member was assaulted.
The violence continued into the evening of March 26, when another six students were injured when the  rioters  began throwing stones.
KZN police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said no investigation was under way. “Police will investigate when people come forward to open cases,” he said.
The provincial levels of the various student groups involved have condemned the violence.

 

University of the Free State

Approximately 10% of UFS students go without regular meals according to the NoStudentHungry campaign (NSH)  .
The campaign aims to raise money for a food bursary, which will be used to help students have healthy daily meals.
“These students do not ask [for] red meat; just something to be able to study,” Rector Jonathan Jansen said at the event.
Jansen has donated the royalties from his book, We need to talk, to the campaign, amounting to R100 000.
University spokesperson Lacea Loader said students who were awarded the NSH bursary were selected on the basis of financial need, academic performance, involvement in student programmes, and community engagement.

 

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Hands off our Constitution! says DASO

The latest poster in DA Youth's 'In our future' campaign unveiled, yesterday 26 March, at Constitution Hill.

The Wits DA Student Organisation (DASO) took part in the DA Youth sit-in at Constitution Hill yesterday to demonstrate their concern over what they saw as recent threats to the Constitution by the ANC.

They said recent comments by the ruling party implied there was a need to change the Constitution. At the sit-in, the DA Youth revealed the latest poster in their “In our future” campaign, which shows the Constitution going up in flames.

The caption on the poster reads, “In our future, the Constitution will reign supreme.”

Mohammed Sayanvala, leader of DASO Wits said in a statement “the protest was held to show our concern about the ANC’s recent comments implying a need to change the Constitution of South Africa”.

“As a student body we realise the importance of preserving our Constitution so that our hard-won democracy and freedoms may be preserved for the future generations of South Africa.”

DA Youth leader Makashule Gana said in a statement: “The separation of powers is central to the preservation of democracy in South Africa. The judiciary must ensure that executive decisions comply with the Constitution, which no entity, not even the ANC, the President or Parliament, is above.”

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu has responded to the campaign by saying the ruling party does respect the Constitution.

“This is a Constitution that came with the ANC. We are not saying any willy-nilly person with a hangover can change it. All constitutions have amendments, and it all comes through a majority. Every time the ANC even mentions the Constitution it is a problem. It is not the DA Youth who brought this Constitution, they can go jump in the nearest lake.”

A previous DA Youth poster caused uproar on social networking sites in January. The poster showed a nude mixed race couple locked in an embrace. The caption read: “In our future you wouldn’t look twice.”

 

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Varsity round-up

North West University

A NWU graduate’s body was found last Tuesday at the Tshwane District Hospital, after he went missing in Pretoria’s Hatfield Square on Friday March 2. Richard Drevin, 23, was out with friends at the popular student hangout, when he left the group to meet another friend, but never returned. The exact cause of death is still under investigation. Three suspects were found with Drevin’s cell phone and arrested, but charges against them were dropped due to lack of evidence.

Stellenbosch University

On March 5, a former SU student was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of another student. Jacobus Johannes Eksteen, 27, was found guilty of kidnapping, raping and killing Erin van Rensburg by the Western Cape High Court. Van Rensburg’s body was found buried in a shallow grave on a sand dune in Elandsbaai, two days after she went missing in June 2009.

University of Pretoria

Last week, the UP elected a Students Representative Council – seven months after elections were held.  In September last year, election for the 2012 student parliament was declared “free but not fair” by UP management. AfriForum was accused of distributing pamphlets that had not been approved by the IEC. The pamphlets linked faculty candidates to the political party, which broke election rules. In February this year, AfriForum took university management to court, where a judge ruled that the election results should be released and a student parliament formed immediately. Despite the fact that AfriForum won the most seats in student parliament, DASO candidate, Mthokozisi Nkosi, was elected as the SRC President last week Thursday.

University of Cape Town

On March 9, two gunmen held up catering staff on UCT’s main campus. The robbers made off with R73 000 and a BMW. The university has been criticised for not having surveillance cameras on that area of campus. An investigation into the incident has been opened.

Tshwane University of Technology

Police believe they have made a breakthrough in their investigation into a robbery that occurred at TUT in early February. On Monday March 12, police discovered pieces of a bogus Protea Coin security van, which was used in the heist at TUT, and has been linked to at least 22 other robberies. During the university’s registration period, three men posing as Protea Coin security guards made off with almost R1-million of students’ registration fees.