rhodes university

Powerfilled Bodies

[Trigger Warning: Rape]

This is a poem for the powerfilled bodies that stood on Prince Alfred street today.

These are the facts of a powerful and perverse system.

This is a reality; this is just a beginning.

It is part of Herstory.


Finding and Defining the New Black Middle Class

“I noticed various narratives in the media, [including] the exoticisation of the black

middle class,” said Professor Roger Southall of the University of Witwatersrand at the

launch of his book, ‘The New Black Middle Class in South Africa’. “It’s almost as if

the black middle class were located in game parks and were being spotted for their

odd characteristics.”


Fees, freedom and the fallen

Our history hurts, and without education, freedom is dumb because people are trapped by the crimes of time. Although the blade has fallen on fees, how do we account for the suffering and desperation of our communities?


Rising students and Joza’s community in crisis

The students are rising so that fees will fall. At the same time, the Joza community crippled by xenophobic crimes and widespsread looting, which wash the streets in chaos and shards of glass.  (more…)

Marching for our future

Education is key to the liberation of our nation.

And so we march for a future of educated leaders, active citizens and a sense of community which transcends a history that still hurts.

And so we march against the crimes of past times, and towards a future that is as bright as the youth who are fighting for their rights.

And so we march – for our brothers, sisters, neighbours and lovers; teachers, friends and future leaders. We march for all. (more…)

From talks and tyres to riot trucks

Student activism at Rhodes University has been been slowly rising all year, as have the protests in the wider community and South Africa as a whole. But today marks a significant spark in the story – today we met the riot truck.