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This is why the University of Cape Town May Stop Offering Law Degree

It's reported that the CHE had raised concerns about UCT's academic support for black law students and the success rate of black students in general.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is one of the leading universities in Africa and the world. Yet its law faculty may lose accreditation for its Bachelor of Laws (LLB) undergraduate program.


This was after the Council of Higher Education (CHE) released a statement on Wednesday, following its National Review of LLB Program, stating that UCT, the University of Zululand and University of Limpopo were at risk.

Walter Sisulu University's law qualification has already been withdrawn, while the three institutions under question have until May 2018 to prevent this by responding to the concerns raised by the CHE.

It's reported that the CHE had raised concerns about UCT's academic support for black law students and the success rate of black students in general.

"We have taken note of the CHE's particular focus on excellence, ethics and equity, and the critical need for transformation across the industry," said Dean of UCT's Faculty of Law, Penelope Andrews. "These are all issues that the faculty has been deeply immersed in for several years now and has made significant progress on. As we take some of these developments for granted now, we suspect that our initial submission may not have adequately detailed the extent of those activities, discussions and reflections within the law school."

Read the full reports on News24 and Daily Maverick, and read UCT's full response on the university's website.

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Opinion: Nollywood & the Imminent Second Coming of Queer Cinema

An exploration of queer representation and misrepresentation in Nollywood, jaded stereotypes and what the future of queer cinema in Nollywood could look like.

In a scene from Daniel Orhiari's 2018 psychological thriller Sylvia, Richard (Chris Attoh) and Obaro (Udoka Oyeka) are friends casually catching up while drinking at a bar. When Richard tells him that he's in love with a woman he's just met and intends to marry her, Obaro is relieved and chuckles. ''I was beginning to wonder, you know, if you were gay or something,'' he says. While Richard looks incredulous and rejects the notion, the scene devolves into both a commentary and cautionary tale about married gay men in Lagos sleeping with their houseboys, reinforcing the idea that homosexuality is synonymous with paedophilia.

The homophobia in the scene becomes truly apparent when the bartender, having heard their conversation, slips his phone number towards Obaro after Richard leaves. Although Obaro had told his friend he has nothing against gay people, he shows disdain towards the bartender and flees the bar. Queer representation may be non-existent in Nollywood, but pockets of homophobia like this have showed up in the works of overzealous filmmakers, as shown in Ramsey Nouah's Living in Bondage: Breaking Free (2019) where the male protagonist was assumed to be gay after he indicated interest in a woman.

Nollywood is a microcosm of the larger virulently homophobic Nigerian society, but queer cinema had somewhat thrived around the early 2000's before flatlining into oblivion. This era followed the home video boom that began in the '90s, and was marked by slightly changing attitudes–or curiosity–about sex and sexuality. Soft pornography was consumed in the form of magazines (Hints) and other variants, glossy booklets with hardcore images were openly sold in shops, depicting women engaging in sexual acts with men or with themselves, and video porn was widely available in public spaces.

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