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Law House Launch Book Drive

Refilwe Mofokeng and Mbali Mkhithi

Law House has organised a book drive to assists students who are unable to afford textbooks. The committee has been collecting books from students and lecturers since the end of the 2017 exam season. According to the Law House Executive Committee member, Andrea Weidemah, a box was left at the Law Library for students to donate the textbooks they no longer use, including textbooks from previous editions that are still relevant in the curriculum.

The Law House have madea R15 000 pledge to buy books from Bookmark and the rest of the books will be donated by students and bythe Deputy Dean of the Faculty Law, Prof. Anton Kok.

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The Disability Movement wins big

Koketso Ngwnya

In the first week of February Student Leadership Awards were hosted in Johannesburg in honour of student leaders and movements who contribute to the interests of students across universities. During the award ceremony the Disability Awareness Movement (DAM) walked away with a few awards for its persistence in creating awareness for students living with different types of disabilities. These awards were also dedicated to the Movement’s passion in advocating for the rights and interests of such students.

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Brooklyn SAPS concerned over street robberies in Hatfield

HENRI UYS 

In a media statement, the South African Police Service (SAPS)’s Brooklyn branch expressed concerns over the high number of street robberies that were recently reported in Hatfield. According to the Crime Stats website, 163 cases of common robbery and 347 cases of robbery with aggravating circumstances were reported in 2017 in the Brooklyn precinct. Hatfield forms part of the Brooklyn precinct.

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UP and Language Month

Mbali Mkhithi

February is language month. On 1 February, the Pan South African Language Board in partnership with Exclusive Books, announced that all the Exclusive Books branches will now carry a range of children and young adults’ books in all official languages.

Sign language is one of South Africa’s official languages, largely used to communicate with persons suffering from hearing disabilities.

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Zuma’s resignation: How did we get here?

Lorinda Marrian

In the late hours of 14 February, Jacob Zuma resigned as the president of South Africa after the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) resolved to recall Zuma if he failed to resign by Wednesday night. To many, this does not come as a surprise, as Zuma’s full term in office became further questioned with the election of the new ANC leadership at the party’s elective conference in December 2017. Talks among the NEC about Zuma’s future had already started in January, however, it was only in the last few weeks that decisions in the party started to become clearer, seen with the postponement of the State of the Nation Address after pressure to remove Zuma mounted.

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