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.