[VIDEO] Sisulu wants you to set a new agenda

A museum devoted to uncovering and celebrating the history of modern humankind was a fitting venue to host the Minister of Public Service and Administration, Lindiwe Sisulu, who spoke to students yesterday about the importance of setting a new gender agenda.

A new agenda

Sisulu was the keynote speaker at the cocktail dinner hosted by the Student Development and Leadership Unit (SDLU) in association with Mail and Guardian at Wits Origins Center, on Monday.  “I want to propose a new agenda, to begin by recording the struggles of women as women. To make sure that it’s a woman’s voice that speaks about the conditions we find ourselves in,” she said.

Speaking on the “agenda on gender”, Sisulu said women’s struggles were poorly documented and were often written by men. She said women still experienced gender-based violence and sexism in all spheres. Sisulu said the African National Congress (ANC) was dedicated to mainstreaming women’s struggles to ensure that these were identified and attended to effective.

The Spear

“We of the ruling party the African National Congress remain undeterred in our fight for the attainment of a society where men and women would not live in fear of being discriminated against or oppressed,” she said. Kelebogile Setletjeke, 4th year Actuarial Science, asked Sisulu why there wasn’t as much outcry over the rape a four month year baby this month as with the Zuma Spear saga.

[pullquote]We must demand equality[/pullquote]

Sisulu said Kelebogile’s question was a fair criticism of the ANC. She said there was an outcry because “it was the first time that we had seen a frontal image of any president in that nature. We thought we needed to show our abhorrence on the attack on the president.”

We have run our course what remains is your course

Sisulu said addressing Witsies was a mark of her “coming full circle” as she had occupied the same space in her youth. She said as a student she wanted to ensure that woman’s struggles where always brought to the fore.  Sisulu who holds as a Master’s degree in gender studies said, the task of highlighting women’s struggle was now placed upon the new generation of young women. “We have run our course – what remains is your course.”

Sisulu highlighted the importance of remembering women such as Charlotte Maxeke who had paved the way for the women of this generation. “Women’s struggle remains an appendix to our history but from time to time these struggles are only dug up as a feel good gesture in a month like this.”

Memory lane

She took the audience down memory lane, discussing how women had to carry over six passes to qualify to be out of prison. She used this anecdote to highlight how three generations of women had fought to give current generation women the opportunities they now have.  “We are here today because they fought; there was no divine intervention,”

Sisulu said the responsibility now lie with the youth to ensure that they “address systems of patriarchy and systems that did not lead themselves to a nation of equality.

We must demand equality

Students also asked Sisulu where she drew her strength from and how men could be re-educated about the role of women in South Africa? Sisulu said she received support from the ANC Women’s League and the tireless work they do to ensure that equality is achieved. She said the education of men would not happen overnight but rather through persistence by the new generation of women consistently claiming their equal space in society.

“We must demand equality.”

Mo fayah, no fire drill

WARNING: Notice advicing students and staff about faulty lifts Photo: Nokuthula Manyathi

WARNING: Notice advicing students and staff about faulty lifts
Photo: Nokuthula Manyathi

by Nokuthula Manyathi and Shandukani Mulaudzi

Work in University Corner was disrupted on Tuesday afternoon when a fire broke out in the lifts on the 13th floor, and Wits Vuvuzela has since discovered that no fire drills have been held in the building since at least 2010.

Brigitte Reid, fire marshal for the 11th floor, said that since Journalism & Media Studies moved there in 2010, there had been no fire drills and no official training. “I don’t even know where we are supposed to congregate in the event of a fire.” During the fire, there was some confusion about where the fire was and whether occupants should evacuate.

We just heard the alarm and knew it must be a fire so we left

Theresa Sithebe from the Wits University Press on the 5th floor said they were confused about what to do as they had not had fire drills since moving to the building last year. “We just heard the alarm and knew it must be a fire so we left.”

Zandi Bekwa, an intern with Drama for Life on the 17th floor, said they contacted Emergency Services when they heard the alarm, but were advised to stay put. However, when they saw a great deal of smoke coming from the lift, they decided to leave. She said no officials came up to tell them about the fire.

The lifts in University Corner have been the subject of complaints for some time. During the July vac, a start was made on replacing them.

Tawana Kupe speaks

On Wednesday afternoon, Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof Tawana Kupe, sent an e-mail to the Wits community, apologising for the poor functionality of the lifts. He said he would “make every effort to ensure that all the lifts remain in service, that they are operational, and that the safety of users is prioritised at all times”.

Some of the University Corner community, however, has become disheartened and felt this focus on safety has come a little late.

Michael Smurthwaite, VoW fm station manager, said he had also lodged complaints with PIMD  (Property And Infrastructure Management Division) about the lifts prior to the fire. The first concerned lift buttons that were not working and the second a lift “jumping between ninth and tenth floor”.

[pullquote]I don’t even know where we are supposed to congregate in the event of a fire[/pullquote]

“Last week, we had to carry an analogue machine down nine flights of stairs. Its takes just one guy to trip downs the stairs and then we would have had a lawsuit.”

Another occupant, who asked not to be named, complained about the lift doors’ failure to open again if they started to close when someone was entering or leaving.

Carlo Mombelli, famous South African bassist and Wits music teacher, said he was not surprised there had been a fire in the lifts. He said he had complained about them in the past and nothing had been done. “I used to come here in like 1987 and I used to play up on the eighth floor and they had the same lifts,” he said.

 

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VIDEO: Melinda Bam at Wits

Former Miss South Africa Melinda Bam was the keynote speaker at Wits’s Student Development and Leadership Unit (SDLU)’s networking connection seminar on Wednesday. Bam spoke to students about the importance of networking and also following their passions. Bam said she was passionate about inspiring young women. Bam who is also part of the National Executive for the Miss South Africa pageant encouraged Witsies to enter this year’s pageant.

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Shandukani Mulaudzi

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Nokuthula Manyathi

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Nolwazi Mjwara

WITH GALLERY: Melinda Bam talks passion

Melinda Bam decided she would be Miss South Africa before she submitted her entry form.

The cum laude BCom Marketing graduate turned business woman, told Witsies that it was important to write your goals down and commit to them. Bam addressed students and media at the first Network Connections event held by the Student Development and Leadership Unit (SDLU) at Café Fino last night.

[pullquote]“You all have so many contacts on your phones, twitter and other social networks right? But how many of those have turned into a job or a bursary or a book?” [/pullquote]

Early tragedy

Bam told the guests that her father’s suicide when she was eleven forced her to reflect on the person she wanted to be.

“I initially thought that I would probably have ‘daddy issues’ or that my reaction to it would have made me the perfect muse for artists and musicians from the experience,” she said.

She told the audience that her grandfather’s quote  helped her tremendously in dealing with difficult experiences in life: “’You are not a product of your circumstance but a product of choice,’ is what my grandpa told me.”

Networking

Nicole Msomi, student development practitioner told the guests that the purpose of “Network Connections” was to create a space for students to engage with influential individuals who attended the events.

“You all have so many contacts on your phones, twitter and other social networks right? But how many of those have turned into a job or a bursary or a book?” she asked the Witsies.

Msomi added that the events aimed to inspire Witsies to network more effectively and maintain long lasting networks.

Bam also told the audience that one of the activities at the Miss South Africa qualifiers included a networking challenge at an event. If entrants had not collected five business cards by the end of it, they had failed.

Wanting something more

Bam told Witsies that when she was in first year in 2008 she wanted “something more” and wanted to break through mediocrity.

[pullquote align=”right”]“We are all diamonds, you just need to refine and polish what you already are.”[/pullquote]

The former beauty queen told the audience that when she watched her mom, who is a gospel singer and public speaker, perform, she realised that she also wanted to give back in her own way: “We are all diamonds, you just need to refine and polish what you already are.”

Grass isn’t always greener

Bam said when she was younger she moved to China to pursue a modelling career. She also wanted to move to get out of her bubble that she had known in Pretoria.

“I thought the grass would be greener on the other side, but there wasn’t even a lot of grass when I got to China!” she said.

The power of Women

Bam shed some insight on being a woman this women’s month. She said that in our modern world women often felt  pressure to live in a man’s world and change to fit into that world. “Why do we want to change to be something that we are not? We are not men we are 100% women. We must be the best version of what we already are. It is a strength that we are 100% women not a weakness.”

@Nolwazi_Mjwara


 

WITH GALLERY: University Corner lift is on fire

Ringing alarms and the smell of burning rubber forced occupants of University Corner to exit the building unexpectedly today.

At three this afternoon, occupants of Wits’ University Corner Building on the corner of Jorissen and Bertha streets were rushed out of the building following a fire in the building. “The alarm rang in our building and we thought nothing of it. But then I went to investigate more and I saw smoke coming out of the lift,” said Juliet White who is an events coordinator at Drama for Life.

Just wait 

White’s colleague Zandile Bekwa then called Wits emergency services to notify them about the smoke. “I called the emergency services and they said we should just wait and not move,” said Bekwa.  She said they waited for a few minutes as the smell of the smoke became more potent and they decided to leave the office.

“We decided to take the stairs down to ground floor because we got a bit nervous when we saw the smoke,” said Bekwa. On their way down stairs the ladies met James Bekes a technician from Britefire Security who told them to exit the building as there had been a fire in one of the three lifts.

[pullquote align=”right”]I think they might be waiting for somebody to get killed before they fix the lifts[/pullquote]

Bekes said a small electrical fire had started in Lift B on the 14th floor due to a faulty control panel, which made the buttons burst into flames. He said they had been called at 3:05 PM and had arrived on scene five minutes later. “I cannot confirm what created the electrical fire but we were called to come handle the issue,” he said.

Last month Wits Vuvuzela reported that faulty lifts in the building were leaving students, staff and tenants frustrated.  Eddy Kekana, technical supervisor for the Property and Infrastructure Management Division (PIMD), said the lifts could only be fixed one lift at a time and that each lift would take up to six months to fix.

“Basically we found out about the fire via word of mouth”

Wits Vuvuzela has since learned that lift B which started the fire is not the lift that was being repaired, but rather the lift students and staff have been using throughout the year.

As technicians attended to the emergency, a group of people waited in the reception area of the Wits Arts Museum. Nick Rumpelt, 3rd year Music student, they were rehearsing on the 8th floor and they were notified about the fire by a classmate who bumped into some people rushing down stairs.

“Basically we found out about the fire via word of mouth, no one official like security or the technician came to notify us,” said Rumpelt.  Carlo Mombelli, famous South African bassist and music teacher at Wits was told not to enter the building when he arrived to give a lesson.

“I think they might be waiting for somebody to get killed before they fix the lifts,” he said. It was only at 5pm after 2 hours that occupants were allowed to re-enter the building.

Only one lift remains functional in the 21 storey building, however students and staff are reluctant to use it following the fire.

Brown. Jason Brown

Giggles accompanied by uhm’s an aah’s is how a predominantly female audience welcomed the chizzled jawlined editor of Men’s Health South Africa, Jason Brown, yesterday.

Brown was Wits to give a talk about career opportunities for aspiring journalists. He addressed an intimate group of students at the Wits Journalism department. The seminar was organised by in part by the Media24 graduate programme which offers bursaries to journalism students.

Don’t be an editor

Brown, who has worked as an editor since 2001, told students not to become editors—which had the audience gasping, until he justified his controversial statement. The term ‘editor’ was becoming outdated because it describes those who supervise production and aren’t directly involved in news stories.

“Don’t be an editor. Become an auteur,” he said. Brown said an auteur was better as it described people who were more interested in the production of information.

The media landscape is rapidly changing. He encouraged students to always be willing to learn new skills to be able to keep up with the changes. He said regardless of the changing media landscape, journalism was still about a good story. [pullquote align=”right”]Your Twitter stream is your CV[/pullquote]

“It’s still about great journalism, great writing and a great story. A great story can be about anything, as long as it’s well written.” Brown emphasised the importance of journalists adhering to a brief, knowing their target audience and doing thorough research.

Don’t miss a deadline

Most important for Brown, were people who were able to meet deadlines. “Don’t ever miss a deadline. Most people ask me: ‘How can I write for you?’ And I say: ‘Don’t miss a deadline.’”

He said students should always seek out internships even if these were unpaid.“Work for free. Start small. Very few of us landed our dream jobs but you’ll always learn something.”

Brown worked for Cape Times early in his career. He said he hated newspapers but it was a “damn good experience”. He said he stuck it through because it was a stepping stone to getting him to his dream job.

Great books, blogs and magazines

Brown also gave advice on professionalism in the work place, specifically for the media industry. He said social media was a tool which prospective employers used to find out more about potential employees.

“Your Twitter stream is your CV. I can read your timeline and easily know if I want to hire. Follow smart people on Twitter.” Brown said the best writers and journalists were those who read a lot of literature.

He encouraged his audience to read “great books, blogs and magazines”.

 

 

She’s done it again

By Nokuthula Manyathi and Pheladi Sethusa

Emerging media darling—and final year BA student—Tumelo Mothotoane has landed a show on the new SABC 24 hour news channel.

TALK THAT TALK: Tumelo addressing a crowd Photo: Provide

TALK THAT TALK: Tumelo  Mothotoane addressing a crowd
Photo: Provided

Mothotoane is the host of AM NEWS which premiered last Saturday on the channel. She will be working alongside Marumo Kekana, who anchors sports, and Tsietsi Monare on the weather reporter.

She said landing the show was overwhelming. “I was truly humbled and overcome with emotion,” she said

Mothotoane had to complete two and half hours of news anchoring as well as reporting on business stories when she auditioned for the show.

 Another dimension of news anchoring

Mothotoane is also the host of SABC1’s current affairs show Sunday Live.  Although she will have to do juggle between both shows, she views the process as a way to grow as an anchor.

“For me, this is another learning curve, to be able to explore another dimension of news anchoring,” she said. Mothotoane said she appreciated being given the opportunity to inform South Africans about news events.

AM NEWS is one of many new shows launched on the SABC 24 hour news channel. The new channel launched more than a week ago.

At the launch of the channel, acting COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng said initiating the news channel took ten years of planning and negotiating.  The channel was a joint effort between the SABC and Multichoice, but Motsoeneng insisted that SABC would remain independent.

“We are an independent broadcaster.  They [Multichoice] cannot dictate to us, we will dictate to them. We can divorce them any time,” he said.

It’s a happy occasion to celebrate the growth of broadcasting

Motsoeneng said those who reported that the SABC was struggling financially, were trying to destroy the broadcaster. He went on to reassure attendees that the SABC is more than financially stable.

COMMANDER IN CHIEF: President Jacob Zuma. Photo: Pheladi Sethusa

COMMANDER IN CHIEF: President Jacob Zuma. Photo: Pheladi Sethusa

President Jacob Zuma, who gave the keynote address at the channel launch, said the growth of the SABC was a happy occasion.

“It’s a happy occasion to celebrate the growth of broadcasting…the real and full South Africa story is waiting to be told,” said Zuma.

Zuma said the new channel would provide the opportunity to tell stories about African progress and reflect optimism.

 

Business school gives students a head start

 

By Nokuthula Manyathi and  Dineo Bendile

The Wits Business School’s (WBS) hosted their career day on Wednesday afternoon at a trendy hotel in the middle of Melrose Arch.

The event was an opportunity for major private sector companies to recruit current students aand graduates of WBS.

Networking

Charisse Drobis, career advisor at WBS, said this was the second event the school had hosted and it had doubled its attendance of students and companies.

“We hosted this so students could engage and network in a more compressed way than they could on a regular basis,” said Drobis.

Ruds Ramasar, a representative of the South African Breweries(SAB) graduate programme, said the event was well organised and that SAB was excited to be invited as it would allow them to engage with future employees.

“WBS did a very good job, all we had to do was just pitch up. We are excited to be here so that we can engage and be able to identify future talent,” said Ramasar.

[pullquote]You’ve got to network to get work[/pullquote] SAB was there to advertise their graduate programme which trains people in marketing, brewing technology, IT and supply chain technology.

WBS student, Ryan Hausberger, said he was looking forward to learning more about the various companies and what they had to offer. He was also excited at the networking opportunities provided at the career day as he exclaimed:  “You’ve got to network to get work!”

Earlier this year Fortune Magazine released its list of 100 best companies to work for and Google topped the list for the second time.

Serious without suits

Craig Wing, a Wits alumnus who now works in Google’s marketing department, said Google was indeed the best company to work for.  He said he enjoyed the easy-going and laid-back style of management and the free food and snacks.

“At Google we believe that you can be serious without wearing a suit,” said Wing.

Wing was a representative for Google at the careers workshop and said although there were no positions currently available at Google South Africa, interested students could upload their CVs on their site and would be contacted if something came up.

We want more

Hamilton Ndlovu, an MBA student at WBS, said the variety of companies at the event was very one sided. He identified a poor turnout of companies dealing with investment banking and finance, which were his preferred careers sectors.

“I see that 80% of these companies are consulting companies. And obviously you get finance divisions in those companies, but it’s not exactly the same thing,” Ndlovu said.


VIDEO: Adam Habib’s Town Hall Meeting

On Monday August 5th Wits Vice Chancellor Adam Habib hosted his first town hall meeting with Wits students and staff. Students and staff were given 40 minutes to engage with Habib.

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The Last Word

FROM WITH LOVE: An email from Moyo to a female student

FROM MOYO: An email from Dr Last Moyo to a female student

CORRECTION:

In response to the concerns raised by Dr Last Moyo in his comment below, Wits Vuvuzela would like to clarify that these emails were not submitted to the sexual harassment inquiry by the student involved. In fact, Wits Vuvuzela has since learned that the emails did not form part of the evidence that lead to Dr Last Moyo’s dismissal.

Wits Vuvuzela felt it necessary to publish this information following Moyo’s interview with the Star. In the interview Moyo, denied any misconduct and said he would appeal the university’s ruling.  The student in question declined to lay a complaint with the university, and we apologise if we may have inferred as such.

ORIGINAL STORY:

More evidence against Dr Last Moyo has emerged after his dismissal from Wits University, last week.

Wits Vuvuzela has received copies of an email conversation between the former senior Media Studies Lecturer and a student who indicated that the emails made her feel uncomfortable.

In an email dated 6 June 2012, Moyo said he could not wait to have his first kiss with the student, who asked not to be named. Wits Vuvuzela has confirmed that the student was a registered Masters’ student at the time and Dr Moyo was her supervisor until he was placed on special leave.

Can I see you before you leave campus today? Kisses

“Hi I hope you are great. Was great to see you, but tell you what … I just can’t wait for that first kiss now,” he said.

In the email conversation Moyo said he could not wait to see the student after their first kiss and then asked if he could meet with her before she left campus.

“It’s like I can see you blashing [sic] already, but can I see you before you leave campus today? Kisses,” he wrote. Moyo signed the email off with his initials LDM which stand for Last Dumisani Moyo.

In an interview with The Star earlier today, Moyo denied any wrong doing and said he would appeal the University’s ruling through the Commission for Conciliation‚ Mediation and Arbitration.

[pullquote]”I just can’t wait for that first kiss now”[/pullquote]

In March, Wits Vuvuzela reported that more than six students accused Moyo of misconduct. He was placed on special leave in April while the university conducted a campus wide inquiry into sexual harassment claims. Last week, after the investigations by an independent legal team acting on behalf of the university, Moyo was found guilty of sexual misconduct and dismissed.

In the five thread email conversation Moyo also asked the student about her mother’s health and if he could see her on Friday the 7th June 2012. She responded by saying her mother was good in health and that a meeting on Friday would not be possible as her mother would still be around.

“She’s fine. I don’t think feasible ngoba (because) she’ll still be there,” she said

Flight to Zimbabwe

TIME TO FLY: an email confirming the flight

TIME TO FLY: an email confirming the flight

 

This is just one of two email conversations that Wits Vuvuzela has received. In their following email conversation Moyo emailed the student details of a flight booked for her to Zimbabwe.

The travel agency emailed the flight information to him, which he forwarded to the student. The student was part of a research team that was assigned to help Moyo with [pullquote align=”right”]“Hi, Your ticket. Kisses.”[/pullquote] project due to be completed in Zimbabwe. The flight was paid for by a research grant that was given for the project.

“Hi, Your ticket. Kisses.” he wrote.

Wits Vuvuzela contacted Moyo for a comment on the email conversation but he declined to answer any questions.

“I don’t want to make a comment. I’ve already been fired what else do you want from me?,” he said as he dropped the phone.

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Wits has got talent

SHE'S GOT THE X FACTOR: Talent show judges with the winner of competition (From Left)DJ Fresh, Erica Da Silva Mpho Osei Tutu and Thuso Mbedu

SHE’S GOT THE X FACTOR: Talent show judges with the winner of competition (From Left)DJ Fresh, Erica Da Silva Mpho Osei Tutu and Thuso Mbedu                                      Photo: Nokuthula Manyathi

Idols season nine started last month and it seems everybody has caught the bug, even Witsies. Royal Mndani’s Dining Hall on West campus hosted the Convocation Talent Show, this past Saturday.

Singers, poets and dancers came prepared to battle it out for the grand prize of R1 500 and the all important bragging rights.  On the judging panel was DJ Fresh, Thuso Mbedu and Mpho Osei Tutu had the difficult task of crowning the sole winner.

The students are super talented 

Mbasa Tsetsana, chief organiser of the event, said he was overwhelmed by the talent and the number of people who arrived to watch the show. “The students are super talented and really good. I am just so impressed by the great turn out today,” he said.

The talent show had more than a dozen performers who fought through nerves to be crowned victorious.  Ongie Gusha, 2nd year Media and Anthropology, walked off the stage after she fumbled the lyrics to her song, but was encouraged by the audience to carry on singing.  [pullquote align=”right”]I think I sucked because I forgot my lyrics[/pullquote]

“I think I sucked because I forgot my lyrics. But I am happy that the audience encouraged me to carry on,” she said.

Hip hop dancing duo “Genie and Walle” entertained the crowd with performance that included classic Michael Jackson dance moves such the moon walk and the crotch thrust.  Zewande Bhengu, 4th year BADA, slowed the festivities down with a poem he dedicated to his loved ones that had lost their battle with HIV. “She was my muse, my mentor, my dream,” said a captivating Bhengu in the final stanza of his poem.

And the winner is…

After 40 minutes of deliberation, the judges announced Erica Da Silva as the winner. Da Silva, honours forensic entomology student, sang an original composition called ‘I will rise’.  Her win came as no surprise as she was the clear fan favourite receiving a standing ovation after her performance.

[pullquote]Whore yourself because no one else can[/pullquote] Da Silva who has been singing since she was three-years-old, predicted her win before the results were announced. “I think I will win,” she said during the results interval.

Some Fresh advice

During the prize giving ceremony, DJ Fresh encouraged students to nurture their talents and to pursue their passion. “Find your talent, nurture it and see if you can get paid for it,” he said.

DJ Fresh encouraged students to network while in university and to also use the internet to market themselves. “Whore yourself because no one else can,” he said

Letter to the SRC president: A response by Saul Musker

Saul Musker, a first year Bachelor of Arts student at Wits wrote an open letter  to Wits SRC president Sibulele  Mgudlwa’s .  Mgudlwa wrote what he called a “Closed Open letter to an illusory white friend“. Below is Musker’s response to Mgudlwa’s letter. 

Dear Sibulele,

Firstly, you will note that this is an open letter. I mean, actually an open letter, not a closed open one. You lamented in last week’s Wits Vuvuzela (“Closed” open letter to an illusory white friend”) that you do not have a white friend. I was terribly sorry to hear this; I could see how it pains you. I was also sorry to discover that you are “suffering from an incorrigible personality characterized by traces of mild ignorance and largely baseless stereotypes”.Acceptance is the first step to healing, they say.

[pullquote]why can’t black people befriend me?[/pullquote]Let me start out by saying that I have read many similar letters before. Each represents an honest reflection on their prejudices, a well-intentioned attempt to understand their racial isolation. Yours, though, is the first such piece I have seen by a black writer. Indeed, most white folk will find your argument familiar; the number of times I have had to endure lectures by white acquaintances about why they have no black friends is beyond count (because they’re just so different, we have no common ground and the ever-present ‘why can’t black people befriend me?’). Each time I cringe, and, believe me, I cringed no less reading your frank confessional.

The truth is that, much like your white intellectual kin, your charming ‘honesty’ is no more than a clever shroud behind which to obscure a deep and noxious prejudice. I see a broader problem with your words. Your letter reduces race elations to a clash of the classes, a case of the divide between poor black students and their rich white counterparts. It does not matter how statistically accurate this picture may be. What you have accomplished is to reduce people, human beings, to the sum of their economic context. You establish a dichotomy in which poor black res-dwellers find it impossible to forge relationships with wealthier white suburbanites. This dichotomy is precisely what prevents meaningful inter-racial dialogue on campus.

You suggest that you need a white friend “for financial benefit, which includes getting a lift to Bree taxi rank whenever necessary”. With that glib sentence you unfairly relegate black students to the users of taxi ranks, refusing to allow them the dignity of being defined by other measures.  You unfairly relegate white students (who may well have been born into unearned privilege) to the ranks of the rich, denying them the right to be something more than that. Walking around Wits, one encounters a variety people.[pullquote]You suggest that you need a white friend “for financial benefit, which includes getting a lift to Bree taxi rank whenever necessary[/pullquote]r

One sees poor black students and their white private-school counterparts who have transcended their differences to develop profound and rewarding relationships. One also sees people like you, who remain so rooted in their one-dimensional, self-congratulatory racism (and laziness) that they cannot.

I only wonder how you, now a self-confessed racist, managed to become our SRC president. We needed better.
Your white brother, who could have been your white friend,

Saul Musker