The dangers of lying about rape


Two days ago a young woman named Khuthi tweeted a story that left many on South African Twitter heartbroken. In a thread of 70 tweets she shared about her friend, Kamo, who was brutally abducted and raped in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was chilling. It was horrific. It was sad. And it was easy to…

Love in a time of closet racism


I used to think that we can love whoever we want without anything to stand in our way until I was 14 and my friend planted seeds of doubt. My first boyfriend was white. I was 12 and the most we did was hold hands and hug in secret when no one was looking. I…

The importance of developing mother tongue


I remember just before I left for the US I was on radio and television discussing my financial struggles trying to get to Columbia. Both these interviews were in Tshivenda which is my mother tongue. I remember expressing to my family just how nervous I was because I was afraid I would not be able…

Dog whistle politics: We need diverse newsrooms


A few weeks ago Shonda Rhimes tackled the term dog-whistle politics in an episode of Scandal. It’s when people in positions of influence, usually politicians and the media, use loaded and general terms to describe something but those terms are targeted at a specific audience and not the general population. So like a dog whistle,…

Pressure of being one of the best


There is a lot of pressure that comes with being at “the number one journalism school in the world”. Arguably so, but whatever; we believe we are the best and so when you are here you feel like you are the crème de la crème and so everything you do or say must be crème…

Taking News24 comments to reality


When I woke up this morning I had an e-mail from Bizcommunity informing me that the News24 comments section will be closed down this Friday. My first thought was “Thank God!” Then I thought for a second about where all that anger would now be directed. I wondered, and so did one of my friends,…

Confidence = Fake it until you make it


It’s difficult to blog everyday when your life becomes consumed by work. The past two weeks have been quite the ride and the best way to show I’m alive has been via my Instagram account. (Shamelss plug: Follow me on @ShanduMul). I am so happy I decided to do this degree. It has been two…