SJC members march behind a banner highlighting unfair police resourcing between different Cape Town suburbs

PRESS STATEMENT: Minister Cele, honour your word, withdraw the appeal, end the discrimination against poor, Black people

The Social Justice Coalition has learnt that the State Attorney’s office has still not received instructions from the Minister of Police Bheki Cele & the South African Police Service (SAPS) to withdraw their appeal of the Equality Court judgment on the discriminatory allocation of police resources. Earlier this week the SJC publicly welcomed recent statements…

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Community members from Island, Ses'khona, Philippi, Greenpoint & KK Section protest for dignified sanitation outside the Cape Town Civic Centre on 31 January 2019.

[PRESS STATEMENT]: CoCT & SAPS’ violence against poor, Black activists is abhorrent & reminiscent of apartheid

On Thursday 31 January 2019 public order police from the South African Police Service (SAPS) once again perpetrated a violent, heavy-handed and unnecessary apartheid-style “dispersal” of poor, Black activists outside the Cape Town Civic Centre. A group of less than 50 peaceful protestors were singing outside the doors of the Civic Centre, some with empty…

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The CoCT forces us, the residents of occupied land, to live inhuman conditions. We demand our dignity!

We are the residents of Ses’khona in Phillipi East, Nkandla in Kraaifontein, Island in Khayelitsha, Qandu-qandu in Khayelitsha and KK Section in Khayelitsha. There are 150 of us. We are very disappointed with Mayor Dan Plato’s response to our memorandum of 22 November 2018 when we demanded that our right to water be fulfilled and…

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SJC activists picket outside the Seapoint SAPS station on 20 July 2018 ahead of the police resources court hearings in August 2018.

Press Statement: A victory to celebrate: Minister Bheki Cele has it right (for now), while the DA has it wrong

The SJC welcomes Minister Cele’s candid admission that poor, Black police precincts across the country (not just those in the Western Cape) are in fact not getting the resources they deserve and need. We also welcome his admission that the solution isn’t necessarily more police, but instead is a rational reallocation of South Africa’s already…

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SAPS Police Van

Press statement: Landmark Equality Court judgment in favour of poor, Black communities brutalised by violent crime to be challenged by SAPS

In appealing these declarations the state will only delay the equitable delivery of services to poor, Black people. The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) is angered and disappointed by the decision of the Minister of Police, the National Police Commissioner and the Western Cape Police Commissioner to appeal the Equality Court judgment delivered in favour of…

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SJC members march behind a banner highlighting unfair police resourcing between different Cape Town suburbs

Joint SJC and LRC Press Statement: Police Resources Equality Court Case

A victory for poor, Black communities confronted by high rates of contact and violent crime as Court rules that the allocation of police resources by SAPS is unfairly discriminatory On Friday, 14 December 2018, Judge Dolamo of the Equality Court, Western Cape Division, made a ground-breaking judgment (attached) that has considerable consequences for poor, Black…

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