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R14 Million Student Killed By Granny

NEWS: A shocking way of getting high PAGE 2 FEATURE: An increase in South African teenage pregnancy PAGE 4


Walter Sisulu University student and Pasma leader Sibongile Mani. Image: Supplied Avela Dayeni


ombulelo Mani (67), who lives in Queenstown, raised Sibongile (27) from the time she was six years old is alleged to have taken life of her own granddaughter. Sibongile, a second-year accountancy student at WSU, situated in the Eastern Cape, “mistakenly” received R14.1m in June from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) instead of the monthly R1 400 she was entitled to for meals and books.Three months on, Sibongile has spent R818 000 living the high life, hosting parties for friends and buying Peruvian wigs, designer clothes, handbags and expensive smartphones. Sibongile, who is the branch secretary of the Pan Africanist Student

Movement of Azania at East London’s Potsdam campus, transformed her life from ordinary student to that of a socialite. A neighbour in Ilinge village, near Queenstown, broke the news to grandma Mani on Tuesday and as she couldn’t bear it any longer, was left with know option than to take the life of her Granddaughter.The pensioner said it would have been better if Sibongile had used the money wisely instead of wasting it on extravagant things.“She should have built me a house instead of buying hair and such nonsense. At least we would have been able to say this is what she did with the money. I worked many years to raise her and now she wastes money on such things,” she said. Police have started their investigation into the matter and there is more to come.



A shocking way of getting high

Drug addicts’ new way of getting high which is shocking the public and also not good for their health. Lethiwe Khuzwayo


hile technical terms states that Bluetooth is a wireless technology which enables communication between other Bluetooth-compatible devices, drug addicts uses this term as a way of sharing blood of a person who is high in order to get high too by injecting each other with that person’s blood. Drug addiction pain is unbearable, so that’s why drug addicts need to be high all the time in order for them to feel normal. The drug is not cheap especially for them since they need to be high at all times so sometimes they cannot afford to buy it. They have decided to come up with this way of getting high which is cheaper than the real drug. Sibulelo Khayiyana who is a nurse states that sharing needles is dangerous itself so it is even worst when you inject yourself with

someone else’s blood, there’s a high risk of getting infected. A lot of diseases are transmitted through blood and they can be quickly spreaded no matter how small the blood is, he added. “I was also shocked about this Bluetooth thing, it made me see that this drug is the worst drug ever based on what I have observed the things people do when they are craving for it and something must be done about it,” he added. Sboniso Thusi, a former drug addict who is in rehab and has been clean for a month said: Sometimes we do not get enough money to buy the drug that’s why we came up with this thing called Bluetooth which is very risky but to us it made things better since the cravings are very hard to deal with. He also added that they did not fear getting transmitted diseases even though they know how dangerous what they were doing is and how much it can put them in critical

positions. “We had our ways of getting the injection just as how we got the ARV’s to mix the whole drug, we stood near clinics and rob patients and take their pills and medicines, this is one of the crazy things drug addicts do,” said Thusi. Times Lives report also stated that the medical fraternity is shocked by the addicts’ method of exchanging blood to share a fix. They also spoke to the vice-chairman Mark Sonderup who said that the prevalence of hepatitis B and C as well as HIV is incredibly high among addicts who use needles. (TimesLive, 01 Feb 2017) According to news report from the past two months (Times Live, 01Feb 2017), the National department of health spokesperson Joe Maila said the department feared the rate of HIV transmission would increase due to this case.



COSAS to take charge in KZN Nhlanhla Mabaso

sions regarding the shortage of funiture,textbooks and required he congress of South Afri- techonology in schools. can Students (COSAS) COSAS wants every student to has taken very hard deci- own a tablet that will help them sions on behalf of the Kwa-Zulu to download every textbook that Natal students whom had no th ey want to use and COSAS is one to stand by them with things proposing this because students concerning their study materifail due to shortage of materials als and shortage of furniture in and transport problems, Zunschools. gu has also given altimatum to Nkanyiso Zungu (23) who is the department of education saying current chairperson of COSAS that if learners don’t receive what in Kwa-Zulu Natal together with they demand within the next the leadership of the (ANCYL) two weeks COSAS will then be have taken fundamental deciforced to organise a peaceful


protest. Buhle Mhlongo, a grade 9 from Nazareth High School said “As a school we want COSAS to help us get proper facilities we need them in order to keep healthy as students and we miss a lot of physical education with our life orientation teacher because the teachers don’t want to risk by letting us play in the open space. COSAS has promised to fulfill every student’s dreams to ensure that they produce good results.

EFF celebrates it 4th year annivesary Nhlanhla Mabaso


he Economic freedom fighters (EFF) celebrated their 4th anniversary party on the of the 27 0f August in Durban in the kwaZulu-Natal province, the purpose of this celebration was for the EFF’s commander in chief to give thanks to the people that supported the EFF from the day it was formed. The ceremony was opened in prayer where with different religious prayer, the celebration’s master of ceremony was advocate Dali Mpofu who is also an active member of the party. He introduced Peter Keetse the EFF student leader who delivered a speech and thanking students for taking part or for participating in the #FeesMustFall movement, he also ensured students that attended the rally that he and the EFF are going to

introduced new ways of ensuring that free is education given to the students of South Africa. Keetse said that the EFF is the answer to every students’ question is the EFF, he also said that he is going to introduce new ways that will make the government to agree that indeed students deserve free education. Shortly after the student leader has spoken the Commander in Chief Julius Malema came to the podium to dliver his speech, the Leader started by giving his reasons why he chose the venue that he chose, he said that the venue has great history due to the 1976 black consciousness rally was held there defeat of the Portuguese in Mozabique. Malema said their being there to celebrate their anniversary is also a way of reconnecting with the spirit that defeated the Portuguese

and it was the same stadium where COSATU “the real COSATU” he quotes was formed, and as the EFF we want to remember history and not forget history so that we don’t find ourselves committing mistakes and destroy the aspirations of those who came before us. We celebrated our birthday in the same month with King Goodwill Zwelithini and we were honoured to dine and break bread with the king, we asked the King to call to order if we seem to be out of order because we are young so we can be out line from time to time. We then presented the King with four pregnant cows and in return the King gave us one bull, this should be seen as a sign that we are the upcoming political party.



An increase in South African teenage pregnancy Nothando Sishi


oung people are exposed to lot of things at their early stage; it has been prove that as times are changing so as our young generations. Things that were considered as norms back then are totally different from the things that our young generation considers as norms. The percentage of teenage pregnancy is increasing year after year in South Africa. The question lies what is the cause of this increase in our country; teenage pregnancy refers to when young girls from the age of 15 to 18 years fall pregnant. The study has shown that these girls start to date at the age of 10 years and they get pregnant during smaller grades, from grade three (3) which is a very low grade for a child to get this big responsibility. Back in the days, it was considered as a nom that a girl child should not fall pregnant until marriage. It was assaults if you get pregnant before saying I do and being paid (lobola) for, it was part of culture which taught young women to behave and have dignity. As said times have changed, looking at the high percentage of teenagers using social media and media as a whole you will see that young people are being exposed to different cultures and what is being portrayed in media as a normal. When talking to Chesterville community18 out of 20 people believed that media has an impact in increasing the teenage pregnancy. Out of the things they said was that, in dramas on television young people start

dating at an early stage, they form relationships and parents allow that to happen, this then leads to reality to young people watching, they turn to think is a good thing to do, because it is what is being portrayed in the media to be normal. The question again comes, are the parents doing enough job to protect their children? People have been arguing about when is the right time for parents to have sex talk with their teenagers. Should they start when their children start going to school or wait up until their kids get pregnant and start telling them that there are ways in which they can prevent pregnancy. Everywhere you go safe sex is being preached, there are campaigns and awareness that informs people about sex and its impact in the society, even the government is trying all they can do to prevent young people from being pregnant. There are free condoms everywhere you go even in public toilets they provide free condoms in order to prevent people from unplanned pregnancy. The number of teenagers posting half naked or fully naked pictures of them in the internet is increasing; we’ve seen lot of videos of young pupil posting things that illustrate pornography. Recently there was a video of a 13 year old girl which was trending on the internet, a young person illustrating pornography, how and when do they see these kinds of thing at their age. When teenagers fall pregnant they face lot of challenges, firstly they will have to drop out from school

which will increase the level of drop out in schools, they have to raise a child which is very hard to raise a child when you are unemployed and inexperience. They are young, confused and depressed some of them fail to understand or face the circumstances and decide to take their lives, abort the child or leave it in hospital; even parents are facing the challenge of helping the child to raise a child. Nomusa Mthembu is one of the people who are faced with this challenge. She is currently raising a granddaughter, her daughter got pregnant when she was doing grade seven (7), and she was forced to quit her job in order for her daughter to continue to study. She is not the only person who is raising grandchildren’s, since they are not working anymore it becomes a struggle to raise two people who are both depending on you. When speaking to a 16 year old girl who fall pregnant in her matric; she explained how hard it is to raise a child alone. “After giving birth to my son it was too late for me go back to school and continue writing exams, so I had to stay home and look after my child alone, the father of the baby was nowhere to be found, he dropped out from school and ran away from my brothers who wanted him to take responsibility for what he did, we never heard from him.” She continued to say that in her family there was only one person who was working; it was very hard for to get everything since the child was very demanding.



They ended my world

Rosebank College students are protesting outside the school building, saying they were deceived by the authorities. Image: Supplied Millicent Cele


inishing high school is almost every Childs’ dream. Everyone want to see themselves go to varsity after finishing high school so that they will study courses of their choice and at the end try to make a living. Those who don’t know what to study or what to do for the following year, they usually take a gab year just to figure out what they want to do with their lives. Siyabonga Memela (21) is one of the students who passed their matric and decided to take a gab year because he didn’t know what to do after Matric plus he didn’t have money to go to varsity. “I was disquiet the time I took the decision to take a gab year.” After a year he decided to research a school that offers journalism. He found Rosebank College on the

internet. “ I had little money that I save during the year and it was not enough to for registration so I had to asked my father for registration money, because I really wanted to study journalism at Rosebank Collage.” Said and upset Memela who also said he felt like his world was ending the time he found out that the qualification that he was doing, was not the one that he thought he was doing. Memela is not the only one who struggled first before finding a collage. Mzameleni Khuzwayo is also a student who struggled with find a school that offers journalism , he also claims that he love journalism and he want to make a living from it once he get his qualification. “I am from Nongoma and I never heard or saw a journalist from Nongoma so I wanted to be the first one. But Rosebank collage they just ended my world the time I found out

that the Diploma that am doing is equivalent to higher certificate.” Rosebank collage is a private collage that also promises their students that they will help them find jobs after they graduated. It does not make sense why would they deceived their students if they promised to help them find jobs. “I am not happy that they lied about my qualification they didn’t tell me the truth the time I came for registrations.” Said Khuzwayo. All students are not happy about this matter and some of them has decided to drop out because they realised that they wasted their time and energy. Those who didn’t drop out said they are waiting the authorities to come and address them.







After some reports that rapper AKA cheated on his girlfriend media personality Bonang Matheba with a video vixan, AKA has come out to set the record straight. “It is not true. The claims are ridiculous. Someone just took a picture with my car and now I am cheating? I read the article and I think it is bullsh*t. In fact, I want anyone with pictures proving she was at the boxing with me to come forward,” AKA told TshisaLive. In the initial reports AKA had apparently cheated on Queen B the weekend of the 26th of August when she was hosting the DSTV Mzansi Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

Apartheid based films have dominated that south African film industry especially in black cinema. Kalushi is refresh addition to the story of south African struggle for freedom. Kalush based on a true story of 19 year old Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu played by (Thabo Rametshi). Kalushi decides to run away from home, he’s engered by life, by the system by everthing and live his coloured girlfriend Breand (Pearl Thusi). Kalushi is brutaly beaten by police and goes to exile following the 1976 soweto uprising joining liberation movement. This movie was written “I don’t usually comment on my personal life but it is ridiculous. Me and Bonang are happy. It would have been and directed by Mandle Dube which took him 10 long yeas to come up wuth this celebration of our believable if we were not or if we had problems. But we are in a good space and have never been stronger. It won’t fallen heros. change our relationship because we don’t listen to what people say,” he added. DRUM contacted Bonang’s team who didn’t wish to comment about the matter. However, two sources close to Bonang confirmed AKA sentiments saying that the reports are pure fabrication. “Bonang and AKA are very good and extremely happy. Whoever started this rumor is trying to just cause some media attention,” the first source said. “The fact that people would stoop so low just shows how much people don’t know about Bonang and AKA’s relationship. People always want to create stuff from nowhere,” the second source said. Earlier this year when DRUM spoke to Bonang she expressed that being with AKA and loving him had made her a happier person. “We are happy and in love. And I love love and we love each other,” she said.


7 POEM OF THE MONTH A Psalm of Life

BY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW What The Heart Of The Young Man Said To The Psalmist. Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream! For the soul is dead that slumbers, And things are not what they seem. Life is real! Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal; Dust thou art, to dust returnest, Was not spoken of the soul. Not enjoyment, and not sorrow, Is our destined end or way; But to act, that each to-morrow Find us farther than to-day. Art is long, and Time is fleeting, And our hearts, though stout and brave, Still, like muffled drums, are beating INGREDIANTS: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon white sugar 1 1/4 cups milk 1 egg 3 tablespoons butter, melted Add all ingredients to list

Funeral marches to the grave. In the world’s broad field of battle, In the bivouac of Life, Be not like dumb, driven cattle! Be a hero in the strife!

DIRECTIONS: Prep: 5 m Cook: 15 m Ready In: 20 m In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

Heart within, and God o’erhead! Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us Footprints on the sands of time;

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant! Let the dead Past bury its dead! Act,— act in the living Present!

Let us, then, be up and doing, With a heart for any fate; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labor and to wait.



Adams city do it again

It was a friendly game between Adams City and Yellowwood Girls, yesterday at Folweni Ground where Adams City won 3-0. Image: Supplied Siphesihle Mkhwanazi


hey didn’t even believed that they were doing it again, the time Adams Fc scored the first goal within 45 minutes the game started. It was a friendly game between Adams City and yellowwood girls yesterday at Folweni Ground around 2PM. Even though the weather was cold, but that didn’t stop Adams City to open a game with a goal that was scored by Nozipho Mhlongo. After a few minute Adams City scored a goal, yellowwood girls starting attacking and they also wanted to score. The attacking that they were doing made their captain Amanda Dlamini get a yellow card. First half of the match, Adams City was leading with one goal. There was no time that was added before both team went to half time because the referee said they were tired. When they came from half time yellowwood girls seems like there

pulled up their socks because they were getting corner kicks, they were missing all of those corner kicks and they were looking upset for that. Adams City continues to play hard because they were getting chances of scoring a goal. Nozipho Mhlongo scored her second goal and that made the coach of Adams city Happy. The game seemed like it was making Adams city happy because before 90 minutes Nokwanda Skhova scored a winning goal that that made that win with 3:0. Nozipho Tshangase who is a captain of Adams city said the game was hard. “We gave it our all I can say yellowwood girls are hard playing girls”. Striker of yellowwood girls said they had all the chances to score many goals and she hopes that they will do better next time. Yellowwood girls coach Zirad Gavenda said it was a lovely game both team seems dedicated and everyone who won the game I think they deserve it and those

who loss they will make it next time because at the end of the game there must be one winner.


Informative youth newsletter 2017


Informative youth newsletter 2017