CAMPAIGN FOR SAFE COMMUNITIES OFFICIAL LAUNCH JAMESON HALL, UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN 27 MARCH @ 18H00

  The Campaign for Safe Communities is a collaboration of civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations, universities and research institutions, the business community, faith-based and community organisations, and concerned individuals who have united to address the unacceptable levels of violence and crime in South Africa.   Each day the rights to equality, human dignity, life, freedom…

City of Cape Town Must Act To Resolve Non-Payment of Sanitation Workers

City Officials Threatening to “Book Off” workers who “speak to the SJC” On Tuesday 19 March 2013, the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) was called to a protest organised by approximately 80 janitors in Enkanini, Khayelitsha. The janitors are employed by the City of Cape Town to maintain communal toilets and standpipes as part of the…

Breakdown of trust between police and Khayelitsha community requires urgent attention – Trevor Manuel

Manuel meets with Khayelitsha residents Minister Trevor Manuel met with Khayelitsha residents following another vigilante killing. Chanel September | 14 March 2013 CAPE TOWN – National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel on Thursday said the breakdown of trust between the police and Khayelitsha residents needs serious and urgent attention. The minister met with community members and…

SJC Executive Council Elects New General-Secretary and Deputy General-Secretary

 On Tuesday 4 February 2013 the Social Justice Coalition’s (SJC) Executive Council – the highest decision making body in the organisation comprising of elected leaders from each branch and the Secretariat – elected Phumeza Mlungwana to fill the position of General-Secretary, and Gavin Silber to fill the position of Deputy General-Secretary.   For the first time,…

MINISTER OF POLICE AND SAPS APPEAL TO CONSTITUTIONAL COURT TO STOP O’REGAN/PIKOLI INQUIRY – WASTEFUL ABUSE OF PUBLIC MONEY

On 14 January 2013, the Western Cape High Court dismissed with costs an urgent interdict by Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa and SAPS to stop the O’Regan/Pikoli Commission of Inquiry (CoI). The Court accepted that the Social Justice Coalition (SJC), the Treatment Action Campaign, Equal Education, Triangle Project and many other partners campaigned for “ten…

Khayelitsha Residents To March At Night For Street Lighting

On Monday night, 4 February 2013, members of Equal Education (EE), the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) will march through the streets of Khayelitsha to demand adequate public lighting. The march will begin at 19h30 at the Town Two market, on the corner of Lansdowne Road and Spine Road. Marchers…

University of Cape Town and University of Stellenbosch support Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry

Statement from the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University on the breakdown in relations between the police and the Khayelitsha community It is deeply troubling that residents of Khayelitsha fear leaving their homes at night as a result of on-going violence and intimidation. Of concern too, is that despite the Khayelitsha community having campaigned…

UMPHATHISWA WAMAPOLISA UNATHI MTHETHWA: AKAPHENDULI KULWAPHULO-MTHETHO OLUNZIMA EKHAYELITHSA: Iijaji zithi Iqela Eliphandayo lika O’Regan kwi SAPS maliqhubekeke

Ngo Mvulo 14 ka Januwari 2013, Inkundla Yamatyala Ephakamileyo yaseNtshonalanga Kapa izikhabile iinzame zoMphathiswa wamaPolisa uNathi Mthethwa neNkonzo yamaPolisa oMzantsi Afrika (SAPS) zokumisa Iqela Eliphandayo lika O’Regan ekuqhubekekeni nomsebenzi walo. Isigqibo senziwe neendleko, oku kuthetha ukuba iSAPS kufuneka ibhatele iindleko zomthetho zabamangalelwa.   Zozibini izigwebo zeNkundlka, esesininzi nesobuncinane zingqinela amalungelo abantu abahlala nabasebenza eKhayelitsha besoyika…

POLICE MINISTER NATHI MTHETHWA “HOPELESSLY UNRESPONSIVE” TO SERIOUS CRIME IN KHAYELITSHA: Judges say O’Regan Commission of Inquiry into SAPS must go ahead

  On Monday 14 January 2013, the Western Cape High Court dismissed Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa and the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) urgent attempt to stop the O’Regan Commission of Inquiry (CoI) from continuing its work. The order was made with costs and SAPS has to pay the respondent’s legal fees.   Both…