COSATU General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi speech at the 3rd Annual Irene Grootboom Memorial Lecture Series.

Thank you very much for the honour of inviting me to give this third lecture in memory of Irene Grootboom. Congratulations for having this lecture here in Khayelitsha where the victims of economic marginalisation reside. Most of the time we conduct these important debates away from the people who are the motive forces of our struggle. I want to congratulate…

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Khayelitsha demands safety, security and equal access to justice for all

Protest Thursday 23 September Provincial Legislature Cape Town

Today, we protest the incompetence, inefficiency and injustice of the agencies charged with ensuring the safety and security of all people in South Africa. We demand real and sustained action to build safe communities and ensure justice for victims of crime.
We are brought together by the case of Zoliswa Nkonyana, a 19-year-old, openly lesbian who was murdered on 6 February 2006. The escape of four of the suspects last week from the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s court is only the most recent incident in the on-going struggle to hold her attackers to account, and find justice for the deceased and her family.

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DA miscalculates reduction in Khayelitsha crime

On Monday 13 September 2010 the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) sent a letter to Dianne Kohler Barnard MP (DA shadow minister of Police), copied to Helen Zille (Leader of the DA and Premier of the Western Cape). In this letter (attached as annexure A) the SJC explained that what appeared to be an error in calculation had been made in a widely circulated DA statement dated 29 August 2010, in which Kohler Barnard claimed that crime in Khayelitsha had declined by 70% over five years. We illustrated that this decline was in fact 24% over 5 years. Moreover, if one uses the latest police statistics, the reduction in crime in the area has decreased to 17% since 2003/2004.

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Directions to Irene Grootboom Memorial Lectures Series 1st Lecture: Site C New Hall Khayelitsha

Attached and written below are the directions to the first lecture of the Irene Grootboom Memorial Lecture Series on the 4th of October at Site C New Hall in Khayelitsha. Vuyiseka Dubula, General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) will be discussing the organization and its members relationship with Government over the past 12…

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Social Justice Coalition response to the call for an investigation into the building of the unenclosed toilets in Makhaza, Khayelitsha

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) welcomes and applauds the decision by the Cape Town City Manager, Achmat Ebrahim, to launch an investigation into the building of the unenclosed toilets in Makhaza, Khayelitsha (“Cape council probes decision on open toilets”, 24 August 2010 Cape Times). We hope that this decision will lead to a speedy resolution of this unhappy debacle, and that the findings of the Human Rights Commission will be adhered to.

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