What in the world is going on? Perdeby’s weekly news catchup

ASHLEIGH NEFDT  

There is always something happening in the world at any given moment, that keeping up with all of it can seem a daunting task. Every week, Perdeby makes sure that you are up to date with all the top international, national and local news headlines of the week.

 

Local:

2018 Proposed university fees increase

Universities around the country are facing fee increases. At UP the SRC released a statement with the proposed fee increases for 2018. The University proposed that “an 8% increase in tuition fees for 2018 would be needed for UP to break even at the end of the fiscal year”, while residence fees would increase by 9.3% and residence meal prices by 9.8%. The SRC rejected any form of increase if provisions were not made for the “missing middle” and NSFAS students. The SRC proposed an emergency mass meeting for Thursday, 26 October at 17:30 at the Amphitheatre, however the meeting was rescheduled after the SRC received complaints by students about the late time of the meeting and the fact that the meeting coincided with semester tests. The meeting was moved to Friday, 27 October at 12:00. However, the Vice-Principle of Student Affairs, Prof. Themba Mosia denied the SRC’s request to host the meeting. The SRC, however, made it clear that the meeting would continue, even without the University’s permission.

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National:

#StateCapture

 President Jacob Zuma is back at it again in news headlines and hashtags. If you’re not entirely familiar with the trending political hashtag- here’s a crash course. #StateCapture refers to the investigation conducted by former Public Protector Thuli Mandosela who, in 2016, investigated allegations of Zuma’s improper relationship

with the Gupta family and their role in appointing roles to certain Cabinet members. Fast forward to 2017, Tuesday in the North Gauteng High Court, Zuma tried to appoint a judge of his choice to oversee Mandosela’s enquiry. However not all are in favour. Vincent Maleka, who is representing Mandosela, argued that "The president does not have the inner workings of the judiciary. The Chief Justice is the most suitable to appoint a judge who will preside over the inquiry,” and really, most people who aren’t Zuma or corrupt tend to agree.

 

International:

Trumpty Dumpty sat on his wall

President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban restrictions were once again trumped (pun intended) on October 25, as the travel ban 3.0 was temporarily put on restraint by Hawaii Federal Judge Derick Watson. It is something that, according to CNN, civil liberties are calling a “victory for the rule of law.” The travel ban which will not come into effect for now, set varying restrictions on eight separate countries; Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela. However, while Trump’s travel ban cannot come into effect as of yet, the American President has countered this ‘set back’ by stating that the wall will still go up as planned. The important thing, however for most people is the realisation that Trump is not in fact, the king of the castle and does not have free reign.

#MeToo

Harvey Weinstein, a prominent Hollywood producer faces severe accusations of sexual harassment from more than sixty women including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow. The hashtag was implemented by actress Alyssa Milano who according to the Guardian said “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” The hashtag has been circulating on a multitude of social media platforms with the aim to bring attention to the severity of sexual harassment and the multitude of women and men it has impacted.

 

 

 

 

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