Further comment on Zizipho Pae’s comments regarding gay marriage, following the SRC’s decision to expel her and UCT’s statement on the matter.
UCT SRC Vice President Zizipho Pae has been suspended following her homophobic remarks on Facebook, and rightly so.
Gareth van Onselen gave a powerful speech a few weeks ago, on the Rhodes statue and the dangers of succumbing to mob pressure. However, I think liberalism can accommodate the removal of the statue, and that his analogy to Farenheit 451 fails.
Was the UCT Senate decision a capitulation to bullies, or did the bullies have good arguments (whether or not they were well-behaved)?
The UCT Academics Union have approved a statement on #RhodesMustFall by an overwhelming majority. For those who are following this issue, here is that statement.
The emotions and politics of protests like #RhodesMustFall can lead us to forget that politically effective is not necessarily the same thing as intellectually virtuous.
The statue of Cecil John Rhodes on UCT’s main campus is currently attracting significant protest action. As important as symbolism is, let’s keep in mind that it’s not all that matters.
A note on the 2015 issue of Sax Appeal and why I think the cover image a poor attempt at satire.
Both Douglas Gibson and Xolela Mangcu are perhaps wrong about race in recent contributions they have made to South African debates.
My introductory remarks at the TB Davie Academic Freedom Memorial Lecture, 2014.