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UP's activism week: say no to xenophobia

JODY DAVISON 

The SRC, in collaboration with various student societies and students, hosted an activism week against xenophobia from 20-24 April, with daily activities in the piazza. Rebeka Gouhbegovic, a masters student in international relations, approached the SRC with the idea and the SRC encouraged societies to get involved. House Humanities, Soul Inc., the Centre for Sexualities, Aids and Gender (CSA & G), Tuks Debating Union, the political sciences department, the UP International Student Association (UPI) and Blue Palm all contributed towards the week in different ways.

UPI and Blue Palm collected clothes throughout the week to donate to victims of xenophobic attacks. On 20 April, House Humanities held a memorial for the victims of the Garissa University massacre. They also distributed white ribbons and promoted their “Wear something white for peace” campaign which then ran throughout the week. Sumien Deetlefs, House Humanities’ chairperson, said “the aim was for students to stand up against all the violence that happened in different parts of Africa.” Also on 20 April, Tumelo Duke Rasebopye, the SRC member with the Marketing, Media and Communication portfolio, spoke about the activism week and Soul Inc.’s chairperson, Lebogang Paul Lebese, performed a poem. Lebese said that it “tries to highlight the importance of love, respect, community, discipline and order, which of course forms the basis of the spirit of Ubuntu”.

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Tuks catches Rhodes fever

LETHABO MALEPA AND MICHAEL BONGANI REINDERS 

On 23 April the Society for Current and Global Affairs, with the support of the Transformation Committee, hosted an event titled “Rhodes falling and UP: last monument to racism?” The event was led by former UP lecturer and current junior philosophy lecturer at Unisa, Terblanche Delport.

The lecture focused on the issue of white supremacy on a global scale as well as in South Africa, with emphasis placed on South African university’s. UP was the main focus of the discussion with Delport speaking of “the possibility of imagining a decolonised and democratic University of Tshwane”.

During the lecture, Delport stated that, “I really don’t think Afrikaans should exist and the continued existence of Afrikaans is exactly proving my point of white supremacy.” He further stated, “they [the Afrikaners] should just be a part of Africa.”

After the lecture, Delport opened up the floor and responded to questions from the audience. After a question regarding the approach students should take toward transformation, Delport encouraged a “bottom-up approach”. He explained that, “What needs to happen at Tuks is, on a very practical level, a mass meeting should be called ... where one sits down with the goal of deciding how we would go about this.” He added that, “I think the idea, the time to debate particulars, is done. It is time to think about the reality of decolonisation. The time is now.” He explained that the decision of whether or not to do something had already been made, and that it is now necessary to discuss what to do.

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EFF failure to launch leads to attack on journalist

CAREL WILLEMSE 

A Perdeby journalist’s phone was forcibly taken from her and her recordings deleted at the launch of the EFF Groenkloof campus branch on Friday 8 May. Due to low attendance, the launch was postponed.

Busisiwe Beje, a Perdeby news journalist, was invited to cover the launch in the Normaalsaal, but less than 15 EFF members attended the event. It was then decided to postpone the launch.

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A look at UP student politics

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN

With campus seemingly more politically active than usual, Perdeby investigated just how many students are members of a political society on campus.

The investigation found that only 1 in 50 students are members of a political society. This comes amid general student apathy towards student governance as demonstrated by the low voter turnout at the SRC elections over the last four years. This kind of apathy raises serious questions. Why are students so apathetic towards student politics? Does politics have a place at the university? Should such a small percentage dictate what is happening on campus? 

Tweeting troubles target Tuks

JODY DAVISON

Sasco’s new range of posters, uploaded on Twitter on 14 April, have been causing controversy. A day later Afriforum issued a press statement in which they rejected the posters on the basis of spreading racial hatred. Matlou Pataki, Sasco’s chairperson, said that the posters are part of a broader perspective regarding the lack of transformation within UP.

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