SAWIP participants express their views on South African issues

The participants of the South Africa – Washington International Programme (SAWIP) recently completed six weeks of the seven-month programme in Washington DC. They were able to gain exposure to various institutions including the United Nations headquarters in New York, the World Bank and the Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.
Participants from UP included Charné Janse van Rensburg, a 5th-year medical student Tumelo Mohale, who is currently studying BCom Taxation, and Siphosethu Mpungose and Michael Reinders, who are both studying LLB degrees.
According to the SAWIP website, the mission of the programme aims “to inspire, develop and support diverse new generations of emerging South African leaders to be active in bringing about social and economic transformation and justice within a sustainable democracy”.

Faces competition has its first winner

Choolwe Jane Nsanzya, a third year LLB student, won the first edition of the Faces competition run by the Centre of Human Rights (CHR) at UP.  She has won herself a trip to Mauritius in September. The CHR introduced the Faces competition as a part of the 26th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition to be held in Mauritius from 18-23 September.

Hatfield CID creating a better Hatfield environment


The Hatfield City Improvement District (Hatfield CID) is working on making Hatfield a safe place for students.

Perdeby spoke to Lucas Luckhoff, CEO of the Hatfield CID and Danie Basson, COO for Security and Cleaning at the Hatfield CID.

Luckhoff said that Hatfield CID uses approximately 55 security officials from two external companies: G4S Security and JC Security. According to Luckhoff, between 28 and 33 officials work during the day.

According to Luckoff, the root cause of crime in Hatfield is poor people with drug-related problems, willing to do anything to get their next “fix”.

Police presence outside Hatfield campus


On 6 September, the South African Police Service (SAPS) were stationed at the Prospect street entrance outside UP’s Hatfield campus where a protest was planned by the EFF Student Command UP (EFFSC- UP).

The planned protest was in response to the disciplinary hearings of four students who allegedly held a UP staff member hostage in the Merensky Library on 26 May.

On 5 September, the EFFSC-UP posted on Facebook saying, “We will never forget those in need. Those who stood for nothing, but better conditions for the marginalised and forgotten in the institution. Tomorrow we have a date with the enemy…” In the post, they called for “solidarity against racism and institutionalized tyranny”. The post was made under the hashtag #FearFokol.

Car guards: eyes and ears of the police


On 31 August, 50 car guards received certificates from UP at a graduation ceremony.

The car guards underwent a six-month programme in life skills and crime prevention at UP. During the course, the car guards also attended police meetings every week to discuss crime in their respective areas.

One of the 50 car guards is Michael Ndimane. Speaking to eNCA, Ndimane said he has been working as a car guard for the past three years. Ndimane said, “My past life was a mess. I was not honest about my life and I was doing crime, smash and grabs.” Ndimane decided to turn his life around after spending some time in jail. Ndimane said, “I started parking cars and from it I was making an honest living, and through it I could maintain my family.”


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