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.”



Witsies ranked as some of the most interesting

More than a dozen Witsies triumphed over 1200 nominees to be honoured as the Mail & Guardian’s most interesting and talented youth in South Africa.

It’s about time that I get noticed

Earlier this month, the M&G announced its list of top 200 young South Africans. Witsies soared in almost all 11 categories. Atandwa Kani, son of famous actor John Kani, was honoured for his contribution to the arts.  Kani said being honoured was long overdue. “It’s about time that I get noticed,” he said.

Kani, who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts from the Wits School of Arts, said he was happy with this year’s list because the people on the list “worked hard to be the best”. He said it was great to be honoured and selected but he wasn’t excited about the recognition. “I made it happen, so I’m not that excited,” said Kani.

Arts, business, law, civil society, education, health and sports

This is the eighth year that M&G has released a special print edition that profiles young people who are praised for excellence in their various fields. The 200 selected young South Africans are recognised in categories such as arts, business, law, civil society, education, health and sports. [pullquote align=”right”]I feel so honoured. It was so unexpected[/pullquote]

Each year M&G finds 200 young people aged 35 years and under who are either born in SA or have made a home here. These individuals must display incredible passion, drive and talent. Yusuf Talia has a Bachelor of Accounting Science degree and is in the final year of his second degree, a BSc in Psychology and Physiology.

We can do anything we put our minds to

Talia says he was humbled by the recognition.“I feel so honoured. It was so unexpected,” he said. At an early age Talia was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which left him wheelchair-bound. As the president of the Union of Muslim Students’ Association of South Africa, a member of the Disabled Students’ Movement and a former member of the Wits SRC, Talia said he is committed to making a change in the community.

“The youth need to adopt an attitude of helping those in need in their societies. We can do anything we put our minds to,” he said.