News Stories

Links to Online News Stories written for Voice of the Cape Website:

District Six residents up in arms over poorly constructed homes

Metrorail steps up as National bus strike looms

National Shutdown driven by liberal cause to “unite” South Africa

IHATA shelter faces difficulties as International Donor cuts funding

Democratic Alliance tiptoes around Israel’s Apartheid system

News Inserts

Short radio news inserts that I compiled for Voice of the Cape radio.


[Originally aired 31 March 2017 on the Breakfast show]

Social Justice Coalition members staged a silent protest during the City of Cape Town’s (CoCT’s) budget where SJC members put on masks of Mayor Patricia de Lille’s face and held up posters that indicated what the CoCT’s budget really says. The posters included statements such as “Cape Town is not for poor people” and “My budgets are always anti-poor”.

Rafieka Williams spoke to SJC’s Axolile Notywala who said their actions during the Mayor’s draft budget speech were motivated by the City’s exclusion of poor communities from the budget process.


[Originally aired on 24 March 2017 on the Breakfast show]

The Worcester community of Riverview and Avian park has recently made headlines from a video where a young male was documented being shot and killed in a gang related incident. Police say they are investigating two cases of murder, four of attempted murder and others of public violence and malicious damage to property.

Rafieka Williams spoke to residents to understand what effect this violence has had on the community…


[Originally aired 17 February 2017 on the Breakfast show]

The Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) picketed in the CBD for the protection of natural water sources and the end to selling of land to developers and big businesses. Rafieka Williams was there and filed this report…


[Originally aired on 8 February 2017 on the Breakfast Show]

The State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered by the President focuses on current political and socio-economic state of the nation based on government assessments. But, we cannot assume that the address fully incorporates the views of the ordinary people of South Africa.

Rafieka Williams was at the briefing of The PSONA report which looks at the public opinion perceptions of ordinary South Africans, who were surveyed by the (IJR) through the South African Reconciliation Barometer (SARB) and the Afrobarometer.


[Originally aired 27 October 2016 on the Breakfast show]

Several thousand students marched through Cape Town to demand “free decolonised education”. Just as the march was set to end and disperse, violence broke out, bringing chaos to the CBD. VOC’s Rafieka Williams was on the ground and filed this report.


[Originally aired 30 September 2016 on the Breakfast show]

Now tensions are still high at Universities across the country with the #feesmustfall movement refusing to budge on their mission for free education and it seems disruptions might be continue if their call is ignored. Whilst students are gearing up to intensify their campaign, vice Chancellors from some of the top universities got together earlier this week to discuss the national issue. VOC Rafieka Williams filed this special report on the Private security measures at University campuses across the country.

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In-depth Coverage

Features for Voice of the Cape radio, written, produced and narrated by Rafieka Williams

[Originally aired 17 March 2017 on the Breakfast show]

President Jacob Zuma and Social Development minister may have assured that 17 million grant beneficiaries will be paid out next month but fears of non-payment are brimming among those who most affected. VOC news spoke to some of the people to understand their thoughts and fears about the only income they receive not being paid on April 1st…


[Originally Aired on 9 February 2017 on the Breakfast show]

While the state of the Nation Address will be focusing on government’s policy, there are also many organisations that assist government and civil society in achieving development. These organisations make vital contributions when it comes to ground work where government lack’s in service delivery.

VOC’s Rafieka Williams spoke to The Development Action Group to understand the areas where the state can improve in terms of achieving adequate housing.


[Originally aired 16 December 2016 on the Drive Time show]

Despite progress since 1994, South African society remains divided. The privilege attached to race, class, space and gender has not yet been fully reversed. There have been rapid improvements in access to basic services, but their quality continues to be affected by who you are and where you live.
Rafieka Williams speaks to Benjamin Roberts from the Human Science Research Council to find out why racist attitudes continue to exist in South Africa.


[Originally aired on 8 December 2016 on Breakfast Beat show]

As part of our 16 Days of Activism coverage. Rafieka Williams looked at how male dominance, masculinity and patriarchy is considered contributing factors to the issues of gender and sexual violence.


The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, hosted a public dialogue on the Identity and Being Coloured in a Black and White South Africa. VOC news reporter Rafieka William was at the event and filed this report.


The call for free decolonised education is one of the hallmarks of the current Fees must fall movement. What was last year, a movement to bring an awareness to the outcry of non-privileged students at universities across the country has now transformed to a broader agenda that speaks to the experiences of the non-privileged student, rather than just accessibility but what that accessibility entails. Rafieka Williams has more on this story…


The advent of the “rainbow nation” was an idea coined by Desmond Tutu to ensure stability and cohesion among the diverse people in South Africa. With the advent of democracy, there was a promise from the newly elected ANC government to correct the imbalances of Apartheid and create an inclusive society where all citizens had equal opportunities and freedom. But 22 years later the promise of freedom has been lost. Rafieka Williams, interrogates the idea of a rainbow nation.