Kelly Khumalo: The Glam behind Women Abuse

Jun 24, 11 Kelly Khumalo: The Glam behind Women Abuse

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A few weeks ago South African artist Kelly Khumalo opened up about a secret that she has kept from the media – a secret pertaining to her relationship with murder-accused hip hop artist Molemo “Jub-Jub” Maarohanye. The secret came at a time when there are constant disagreements about Maarohanye’s innocence regarding the murder case. Maarohanye was responsible for the deaths of four school children during a drag race with his co-accused friend last March in Soweto. Khumalo’s sudden revelation is commended yet raises questions about the motive behind it. This is primarily because of the nature of the relationship between Khumalo and Maarohanye. Khumalo has been to many court appearances supporting Jub-Jub but she recently opened up about the abuse she experienced in the hands of Maarohanye. Kelly’s coming out is commended but also met with criticisms, simply because of the media hype that came with it. Women in South Africa are abused every day but they do not get the media hype that was accorded to Kelly Khumalo. Drum magazine gave Kelly Khumalo a cover page and a spread to tell her story. This media attention raises questions on the importance of women abuse in South Africa. The terrible ordeal was turned to “how a celebrity survived abuse”. Kelly Khumalo is like any ordinary woman and for her to get a spread on a magazine for surviving such an ordeal is disturbing. The issue of women being abused in South Africa was turned to become a promotion of her career. As much as the media attention was meant to empower other women it rather questioned the motive behind it. The article provided a discussion of Khumalo’s career move since she has not recorded an album for a while. Women abuse is a serious matter particularly in South Africa and making society understand that it is not acceptable is very difficult. This kind of stunt only brings about mockery of initiatives taken by women to stand up for themselves, primarily because women abuse campaigns...

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French and UN Involvement in Africa

May 09, 11 French and UN Involvement in Africa

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France has recently made headlines for its involvement in Ivory Coast. Involvement some have accepted as correct because of its apparent motivation. France, together with the United Nations (UN), argued that intervention in Ivory Coast was based on the UN and international community’s mandate to maintain international peace and security. The way the intervention was handled, however, questions the same principles of the mandate. The manner in which the UN and France carried out the mandate in Ivory Coast brought even more devastation. The two ordered airstrikes on the Presidential palace in Ivory Coast. This order is disturbing because it was clear that the intention was to kill President Laurent Gbagbo and his ambassadors. However even more disturbing is the French involvement not only in Ivory Coast but in a majority of its former colonies. Scholars have taken interest in this interest, particularly because of France’s involvement in the post-independence era. There are a number of reasons why France is still fully involved in Africa, particularly in its former colonies. The centrality of these explanations is based on protecting France’s interests and maintaining power in the region. The involvement is maintained through institutionalization such as control of the financial institutions in its colonies. France and its former colonies have bilateral agreements of which many are not defined but they exist, they are termed “special relations”. The secrecy of these agreements or relations is the root to the mystery of the French involved in Africa. The special relations were meant to allow continuity of the French rule Africa. The French dominance however was not only contained in its former colonies, former Belgian and Portuguese colonies wanted to join the francophone family. Though Liberia was neither a French, a Belgian nor a Portuguese colony it too was interested in being part of the family. Golan discovered that in fact France did not give independence to its colonies in practice and in theory. Rather De Gaulle made a very vague statement to the French colonies. He promised...

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The Future of Education in South Africa

Mar 24, 11 The Future of Education in South Africa

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Multiple crises befell the education system of South Africa in the start of the new school year, 2011. These crises were evident in one of the less developed provinces the Eastern Cape.  The Education Department in the Eastern Cape was faced with financial mismanagement and corruption, bad school infrastructure, teaching contracts that were not renewed and the lack of funds for nutritional feeding schemes and transport programmes.  These issues negatively affected the quality of education and life for learners and teachers. The quality of education in the Eastern Cape has always been in question and this in turn questions the future of education in the Eastern Cape and South Africa.  This situation caused a delay in the educational proceedings in the Eastern Cape, learners were stranded and teachers were left without jobs for weeks on end. The department of education in the Eastern Cape last year failed to renew working contracts for 4000 temporary teachers for the year 2011. This according to the Eastern Cape Department of Education was due to the lack finance to further pay their salaries. This was only discovered during the start of the school year when the teachers arrived at schools only to be told that they could not teach anymore. This affected the day to day running of the schools particularly in the rural areas because of the quality of education that already exists. This matter was taken up at national level by Equal Education. This group became adamant to illustrate the effects that these crises were having on the learners and the possibility of improving the level of education in the Eastern Cape and South Africa. Equal Education undertook activities that played an important role in putting pressure on the government to act on this matter. On the 17th of February Equal Education grade 11 and grade 12 Khayelitsha youth groups created a classroom setting outside Parliament. The purpose of this picketing was to illustrate the poor delivery of education in the Eastern Cape. The picketing consisted...

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Time to Prioritize

South Africa has recently experienced floods that have seen the poorest suffer more as usual. The floods have affected seven out of nine provinces in South Africa. Houses collapsed, cars were stuck in heavy floods and, devastatingly, lives were lost. The government of South Africa estimated that over 100 lives have been lost. Residents of the flooded areas are now stranded and hope the government will provide some assistance. These hopes should not be unexpected because the government has been promising a better life for all since 1994. The government of South Africa had a warning about the floods before they caused this irreversible damage.  When the first floods occurred the government assumed that the flood impact could be contained. This was until the floods caused by heavy rains spread across the country like wild fire. The government is in a predicament: capital is needed to avoid a humanitarian crisis. The Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, notes that affected provinces are running out of allocated relief budgets. The Department of Social Development has already spent R20 million to assist the affected families. However this amount of money is not enough. Another R20 million is required to further address the damage caused by the floods. Granted, the floods are not only a national phenomenon but are now affecting neighboring states. The important issue is the failure of the government to prioritize. The government of South Africa should have expected the floods because from late 2010 there were warnings that there would be heavy rains. The floods that were witnessed in 2009 should have acted as a warning of what to expect in the coming months. However, it seems that the government has a tendency to act only after an indecent occurs. The government is faced with the challenge of addressing the destruction of infrastructure and of farms, displaced people and loss of lives. All arguments centre on the issue of a lack of capital to address all these issues. It is troubling that the...

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