Up, up and away: a new intern joins the Justice League

Walking into the office, I honestly did not know what to expect from the Wits Justice Project (WJP). It was not the usual newsroom scene I was accustomed to, with a large number of people buzzing around giving their opinion on the daily headlines. Neither a word about Mandela’s hospitalisation nor the feud about the burial site was mentioned. I had walked into a new universe, a different dimension that did not revolve around everyday stories or issues. The team from this new world is human rights orientated and not just ordinary human beings but remand prisoners and victims of the justice system.

The ordinary man on the street would say those in prison are getting what they deserve and belong behind bars; some would argue that prisoners have as much rights than the ordinary, everyday person. That is of course debatable – Team Justice (as I secretly call them) have no time to debate that but are more interested in making sure that guilty or not, those incarcerated do not have their human rights violated. Having spent just a week with them, I do believe they are as powerful as the fictional comic book “Justice League” :- they may not have x-ray vision, super human strength or be faster than the speed of sound but to remand prisoners and their loved ones they are super heroes. Individually, they possess different skills and hidden powers and together they are as powerful, as the Justice League.

ruth_wonderwomanIf I had to take the comic heroes and bring them to real life, Ruth Hopkins would be Wonder Woman – the daughter of Queen Hippolyta with a hunter’s heart, sisterhood with fire, speed and power of flight.





carolyn_greenarrowCarolyn Raphaely would be Green Arrow, a vigilante superhero fighting crime with archery, martial arts and technology.





paul_flashThe all-so-silent only male member of the team, Paul McNally, would be the Flash, the fastest man alive and a strong believer in justice.






I see Robyn Leslie as the Black Canary, strong inside and outside, with martial arts skills and a canary cry that would defeat any enemy.





Then the fearless leader, Nooshin Erfani-Ghadimi, would be Batman the protector of Gotham City, with physical prowess and technical ingenuity and an incredibly dangerous opponent.






I, Palesa “Dejay” Manaleng, on the other hand, have always seen myself as Spiderman and I hope to earn a place within Team Justice and make my mark in the fight for justice for all.


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The Wits Justice Project combines journalism, advocacy, law and education to make the criminal justice system work better for all.

One Response to Up, up and away: a new intern joins the Justice League

  1. @onthaby says:

    Cool article Deejay:) Keep it up

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