Social Justice Coalition Press Alert: CITY OF CAPE TOWN MUST ACT TO IMPROVE SAFETY

The dire lack of services and infrastructure in Khayelitsha impacts directly on the most basic rights to dignity and security of the person. Through at times harrowing testimony, the O’Regan/Pikoli Commission of Inquiry has heard that residents of Khayelitsha’s informal settlements lack the most basic of services and experience disproportionately high levels of crime and…

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PRESS ALERT: Slovo and Vavi to attend O’Regan-Pikoli Commission of Inquiry into SAPS Khayelitsha

The Commission of Inquiry has completed its first two week of public hearings. Residents, practitioners and academics have placed powerful evidence before the Commission. The Commissioners, evidence leaders, counsel for all parties, the media and hundreds of residents have heard about the constant fear and lack of safety experienced in Khayelitsha. They have heard about…

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PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO KHAYELITSHA POLICING BEGIN

A STEP TOWARDS IMPROVING SAFETY AND JUSTICE IN KHAYELITSHA AND BEYOND The 21st January 2014 was a momentous day for safety and justice for Khayelitsha. The O’Regan/Pikoli Commission of Inquiry (“the Commission”) officially began its first public phase of work. Tasked with investigating allegations of poor policing and a broken relationship between the community of…

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Social audit on refuse collection and area cleaning in informal settlements finds key shortcomings with delivery of service

Allegations that SJC is “destabilizing service delivery” fail to engage with main issues of social audit Introduction The provision of essential services such as refuse collection in informal settlements is increasingly outsourced to private service providers. When this is done, the municipal government is legally bound to ensure a service standard in line with national…

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