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Chanel Retief and Jessica Bokete Trigger warning: content on sexual assault and violence. 22-year-old Karabo Mokoena’s burnt body was found two weeks ago in Lyndhurst. After going missing on the 28 April 2017, her parents appealed to the public to ensure the safe return of the young woman. According to …

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A Letter to Victims/Survivors


Jordan King Trigger Warning: Rape and sexual assault content Dear Victim/Survivor I am no longer a student at the University Currently Known as Rhodes (UCKAR), but I was in 2016, and around this time last year, RUReferenceList protests started. After I’ve recently sifted through the jagged information on the UCKAR …

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Is there an “anti-makeup” culture at Rhodes?


Chloe Osmond “Isn’t she beautiful?” I ask aloud to my friends one day, referring to a female student with beautifully contoured cheekbones, expertly winged liner and shimmering, golden eyelids. “She’s wearing so much makeup”, comes the response. It’s clear they regard this as a negative thing. They don’t see the …

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The politics of Hair


Compiled by Jordan King Written by Carla Botha Photographs by Mia McCarthy Research by Carla Botha, Mia McCarthy, Yolanda Mdzeke, and Tarisai Madzorera Dear strangers, gawking and staring will not make my hair grow back. Dear mister who once called me an “It” in Pick ‘n Pay, I would just like …

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To be Melanin in J Bay


Wade Pahad This tiny yellow cab stutters up to our stop and swallows the four of us at around five in the afternoon. Themba, Bongani, Brian and myself are all packed in for a trip to Jeffrey’s Bay, not knowing what to expect or how we should respond to the …

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