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  • #RhodesWar: Expulsion of Rhodes students ignites online outrage

    #RhodesWar, an online campaign supporting expelled Rhodes University students, was trending in the top spot on Twitter this morning as many took to the platform to express their outrage. Two Rhodes University students were excluded from the institution for life last month over their involvement in students' anti-rape protests in 2016. Another was reportedly excluded for a period of five years. Two Rhodes University students were expelled for life for being part of a vigilante group that targeted rape suspects on campus The students were found guilty of assault, kidnapping, insubordination, and defamation for being part of a mob justice group that targeted rape suspects...

  • Bullied Keaton Jones went viral, then Twitter learned of his racist family

    A young boy named Keaton Jones went viral yesterday after a video of him discussing being bullied gained the attention of A-list celebrities -- but the boy's family instantly dropped in esteem when photos of them holding the Confederate flag were revealed. This is Keaton Jones, he lives in Knoxville and he has a little something to say about bullying.pic.twitter.com/coyQxFp33V — Everything TN (@Everything_TN) December 9, 2017 In the original viral video, Keaton asks what the point of bullying is. When his mom prompts him to explain what the bullies do to him, Keaton says they make fun of his nose, call him ugly, and...

  • Twitter explodes as same-sex marriage legalised in Australia

    Following a postal survey earlier this year that showed that 61.6% of voters approved of same-sex marriage, the Australian parliament has passed a bill legalising the unions, and Twitter is beside itself with joy. As the proceedings unfolded in parliament #MarriageEquality began trending in top spot worldwide. It's a YES! Simply and fairly, #MarriageEquality is now law! Today our country can be truly proud. We did it together! 🎉pic.twitter.com/lGZgUgSmyL — AU Marriage Equality (@AMEquality) December 7, 2017 Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 has passed the House of Representatives and has passed the Parliament. Just a few tears and so very proud to...

  • #MbuyiseniGraduates: the People’s Bae becomes the People’s Doctor

    EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi already holds the title of People's Bae in South Africa, but today, the member of Parliament added another title to his name: doctor. The 32-year-old today was awarded a Doctorate in political studies from Wits University, joining the likes of Nelson Mandela and Joe Slovo, both of whom also held qualifications from the institution. Ndlozi, who first announced that he had completed his doctorate in August, was today honoured in Gauteng. The EFF's vanguard was also in attendance. While livestreaming the ceremony -- the official EFF account, along with Floyd Shivambu and EFF leader Julius Malema -- published...

  • Melanie Martinez accused of rape

    Singer Melanie Martinez was trending at number one worldwide this morning (5 December 2017) after longtime friend Timothy Heller accused the former Voice contestant of rape. In a series of notes posted to Twitter, Heller wrote about how Martinez -- her best friend at the time -- had begged her for sex two nights in a row and eventually bargained with her until Heller felt powerless to stop the interaction. When I wrote this story about my assault, I initially wasn’t going to make the abuser. But I think it’s important for you all to know this is about Melanie Martinez pic.twitter.com/4PQ5oNI2s9 — Timothy Heller (@timethyheller)...

  • South Africa targets local radio after Ladysmith Black Mambazo Grammy nominations

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo's Grammy nominations, announced Tuesday, have brought about a flurry of tweets criticising local radio. The South African isicathamiya group was nominated for Best World Music for Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration as well as Best Children's Album for Songs Of Peace & Love For Kids & Parents Around The World -- but South Africans on Twitter have lamented the fact that the group's music isn't heard on local stations. "The Grammy Awards stay recognising LadySmith Black Mambazo (sic)," wrote Twitter user @MrMenziN, referring to the band's 15 other nominations and four wins, "but we hardly ever hear their music on our local radio." In...

  • #MugabeResigns sends Twitter into celebratory meltdown

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who ruled the country for 37 years, resigned Tuesday evening after a week-long pressure from the military -- and the web is rejoicing. On Twitter, #MugabeResigns was trending in top spot in South Africa hours after the leader tendered his resignation. Trends for Zimbabwe aren't made available by the platform, but it's safe to assume the hashtag was exploding locally as well. What a time to be alive!!! 🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼 The People are the Power!!#MugabeResigns — Boity Thulo (@Boity) November 21, 2017 While some expressed disappointment at the 93-year-old's departure, they were drowned out by the celebration of the majority. They still flockin into this...

  • #ZimbabweCoup: follow the developing ‘bloodless transition’ on Twitter

    #Zimbabwe, #ZimbabweCoup and "Mugabe" were all trending topics on Twitter across the world this morning. And there's no real surprise as to why. The country's president Robert Mugabe has been overthrown by the military, with former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa reportedly instated as temporary leader. It's a rapidly moving story, changing from minute to minute. And that's probably why social media is your best bet for keeping abreast of the ever-breaking news. Below you'll find a number of accounts live-tweeting news and opinion, owned by politicians, parties and news organisations, with their bios below. ZANU PF (@ZANUPF_Official) The #Official #ZANUPF Twitter handle. #ZANUPF is a product of the Unity...

  • ‘Writing the Daisies’: UCT’s exam tent has become an impromptu meme

    In the midst of student protests, the University of Cape Town (UCT) has confirmed that exams will go ahead as scheduled. But perhaps not in the venues previously decided. "The university management has had to take the extraordinary step of arranging an examination venue on the upper campus rugby field," the institution's registrar wrote in a statement. "It is a decision that has not been taken lightly. It was an outcome of an assessment of what arrangements would offer the best chance of conducting and successfully concluding the examination programme in the current circumstances of threats of disruption." The venue, pictured in...

  • SA Presidency’s website crashes prior to Fees Commission Report release

    The official account of the Presidency of South Africa posted a tweet at 11.51am Monday stating that it will today at 12pm release the much anticipated Fees Commission Report. Officially called the "Report of the Commission into the Feasibility of Fee-Free Higher Education and Training in South Africa", the document is a study into the possibility of free tertiary education in the country. President Jacob Zuma had previously been called on by protesting students and opposition to release the report. President Jacob Zuma will release the Report of the Commission into the Feasibility of Fee-Free Higher Education and Training in South Africa...

  • MTV EMAs 2017: the winners, the reactions, the tweets

    Last night, media monster MTV hosted the latest edition of its annual European Music Awards (or EMAs) in London. Although likely forgotten by most, #MTVEMAs did trend through much of Europe late Sunday. In South Africa, we were a bit too concerned about the weekend's sporting failures. Taylor Swift was nominated for six awards, but as we all found, nominations don't always mean guaranteed wins (especially when it comes to a social media-based voting system). On that note, we've rounded up some of the winners on the night, and their reactions as told through their Twitter and Instagram posts. Best Song and Best...

  • #TexasShooting: Latest US mass shooting reignites debate online

    A shooting in a rural Texas church Sunday left 26 dead, and reignited debates around gun control in the US. Among the dead were several children, including the pastor's 14-year-old daughter. A woman in her eighth month of pregnancy was also killed. According to The New York Times, the gunman has been revealed as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, who had served in the US Air Force before being dishonorably discharged after assaulting his wife and child. Kelley was later found dead in his vehicle. Officials are as yet unsure of how he died. This shooting comes a little over a month after the US's worst mass...

  • #ZumaQandA: DA walks out of Parliament after verbal scuffle

    South Africa may have expected a relatively smooth question and answer session between President Jacob Zuma and the rest of Parliament today, after the EFF's absence from the House. But, nope. The Q&A session, conducted Thursday afternoon, required the president to answer a number of questions posed by member of the House, including rising poverty, the appointment of a SAPS national commissioner, and climate change. President Jacob #Zuma is at the National Assembly to field oral questions. #ZumaQandA Questions to the President: pic.twitter.com/WkmOaZU5Cd — SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) November 2, 2017 But DA leader Mmusi Maimane had another question in mind. Posing a query regarding...

  • South Africans take strong stance against murder-accused Henri van Breda

    Triple murder accused Henri van Breda took to the stands Tuesday to give his testimony on the incidents that led to the brutal murders of three family members and the attempted murder of his younger sister in January 2015. Van Breda told the court of a giggling, axe-wielding intruder that attacked his family in their home on a Stellenbosch estate -- but South Africans on social media were not convinced by the accused's version of events. One of the main contentions was van Breda's clear memory of unnecessary details, but forgetfulness over crucial moments in the case. #VanBreda can't recall which policeman said Marli is alive but he recalls...

  • 13 Twitter accounts to follow for #FeesMustFall2017

    Fees Must Fall 2017 has already kicked off on three South African campuses, marking the third year of protests for free tertiary education. So if you're looking to stay on top of the events at the various universities, here are 13 Twitter accounts to help you keep up with the quickly unfolding situation. The official accounts CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) Campus update This week has been punctuated by sporadic flare ups in violence which private security have... https://t.co/8UVmyEdQMr — CPUT (@CPUT) October 26, 2017 CPUT's official account mainly offers links to official statements on Facebook. It provides updates on previous happenings (like how security was "forced...