EXCLUSIVE: Tsepo wa Mamatu speaks


by Nokuthula Manyathi and Shandukani Mulaudzi Tsepo wa Mamatu, senior drama lecturer suspended recently after sexual harassment allegations against him, has broken his silence and insists that he is “not interested in coming back to Wits”. In an exclusive interview with Wits Vuvuzela, he said: “Coming back to Wits would seem like the easy way…

Wits athletes vs sex workers


Wits athletes competing in Durban found themselves in a contest of a different kind: dodging the advances of prostitutes. Female sprinter, Fikile Masikane, was among a group of 12 athletes who stayed at the Banana Backpackers Youth Hostel, which she believes also housed prostitutes working at the “brothel” next door. Interactions with prostitutes “I feel…

SRC members face charges


ELEVEN members of the Wits community, including eight SRC members, have been charged for disrupting the performance of an Israeli-born pianist. “The university can confirm that it has charged 11 members of the Wits community for a possible contravention of the university’s codes of conduct,” read a statement issued by Vice Chancellor Prof Loyiso Nongxa.…

Thinking about rape theoretically


Wits academics and social commentators came together on Thursday to tackle the unusual topic of ‘theorising rape.’ The Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) hosted the panel discussion which focused on the gendered nature of rape. The intention of the panel discussion was to ‘ask people who work on themes of rape, and…

Politics lecturer under investigation


Shandukani Mulaudzi and Caro Malherbe It is unclear whether an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against the former head of the political studies department, Prof Rupert Taylor, has been undertaken following a report last year in the Wits Vuvuzela. Prof Daryl Glaser, current Political Studies head of department, confirmed that an investigation is underway…