Mcebo side-eyes campus media

SRC President Mcebo Dlamini speaks to everyone except Campus Media

Dismissed SRC president Mcebo Dlamini was a common presence on radio and websites this week with several media appearances. Everywhere—seemingly—except for campus media outlets Wits Vuvuzela and VowFM.

Since his dismissal as SRC president on Monday, Wits Vuvuzela made several attempts to get hold of him: eight landline calls, four cell phone calls, four WhatsApp messages that were read but not responded to (blue ticks!) and countless visits to the SRC offices.

After all this effort, Wits Vuvuzela only managed to get hold Dlamini only once and his comment was very simple: he was still “gathering his thoughts”. He had been booked to go on VowFm but was reportedly a no-show.

But while he has not appeared on campus media, Dlamini has appeared frequently on commercial outlets.

He spoke to the Mail and Guardian and said Vice Chancellor Adam Habib’s decision to remove him from office was because he “succumbed to pressure from the White community”.

He went on to explain to Eye Witness News that his dismissal was “proof to everyone that white supremacy is putting its boots on the neck of the black child.”

The most comprehensive of interviews that Dlamini gave was one where both Dlamini and Habib were interviewed on Power FM. Dlamini said his dismissal was a “joke” and that the vice chancellor knew he had no case against him.

Dlamini said the charges on which he was dismissed are related to a fight he had in a dining hall happened one year and four months ago before he became SRC president. He said that he had been found guilty by a “kangaroo court in an effort to protect the evil that is practiced by the university, chaired by Adam Habib”.

“The university just wanted to get rid of me,” Dlamini said.

He also told PowerFM that Habib was “twerking in my name all over social media

He continued to defend his remarks around Adolf Hitler: “Hitler is a freak of nature, I am failing to separate him from the White people.  In all of them there is a small element of Hitler.  In as much as they can do good things, there’s an element of Hitler. It is time for the Black masses to speak against White supremacy because we are going nowhere.”

When asked how he was planning on responding to his dismissal, Dlamini told PowerFM that “the students will decide”.

“I was put in office by the students, and if the students are happy that the vice chancellor will twerk in my name and at their expense on all social media, behaving like a pop star, then they will allow him, but if the students believe in the power of blackness, then they will challenge this thing because I didn’t put myself in office.”

 

 

Bus strikes lead to longer taxi queues

QUEUING QUEST: Commuters wait to catch a ride on the next taxi in Jorrisen Street. Other waiting commuters decided to rather take one of the working Metro buses (Background). Photo: Mia Swart

QUEUING QUEST: Commuters wait to catch a ride on the next taxi in Jorrisen Street. Other waiting commuters decided to rather take one of the working Metro buses (Background). Photo: Mia Swart

 

CONTINUING bus strikes are leaving Wits students queuing for hours for transport and arriveing late to classes.

Bus drivers have been striking since last week Friday. Striking Putco and Rea Vaya bus drivers were joined on Wednesday by long-distance luxury liners.

Witsies who normally use the buses were forced to use alternative transport methods this week to get to campus and back home while others were stuck in unusually long queues to catch their taxi ride home.

Palesa Motaung, 2nd year BA Media Studies and Politics, said it was an inconvenience as she came late for her morning classes.

Motaung waited an hour for a taxi and it took two hours for her to get to campus.  “The lines were super-super long. I totally hated it,” she said.

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Motaung said the taxi drivers were trying to overload the taxis to help people get to work and school and to make more money. But the people protested as they waited long too long in the queue and did not want to sit four people in a row and uncomfortably.

First year BA Nancy Hakizimana normally takes the Rea Vaya bus to the Gautrain station but this week she had to walk to and from Park Station.

Khabonina Masango, 2nd year BA Politics, who also usually takes the Rea Vaya buses, had to take taxis this week. Masango said if the strike persisted she would be “sad and irritated”. She likes the Rea Vaya buses as they are very convenient, safe and clean.“And the bus is cheaper,” Masango added.

The bus strikes are currently causing taxis to carry more passengers. Bree taxi rank manager Vusi Sithole said the influx of passengers is hectic because they have to get additional vehicles from other taxi rank branches to accommodate everyone.

Sithole said they realise the strike is causing problems for the commuters. “We are doing our best to help the commuters.”

But the taxi drivers are not happy with the overload of work.  Taxi driver Herbert Thuko said “the work is taking its toll” on the drivers.

“We are very frustrated because the taxi bosses expect more money from us because there are more commuters,” said Thuko.“It is expected of us to make more trips to make more money.”

Finance24 reported on Tuesday that the South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) is demanding a wage increase of 18% with additional allowances for housing, night shift and long-distance journeys. The Commuter Bus Employers Organisation is offering a 6.5% wage increase.

Employers and the unions met on Wednesday at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration to try and resolve the strike. But Eye Witness News reported that Satawu had said the talks had deadlocked.