Judgment in Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry Case to be Delivered, 14 January 2013 at Cape High Court

In August 2012 the O’Regan Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to investigate problems with policing in Khayelitsha was established in terms of section 206(5) of the Constitution. This followed years of sustained campaigning by the SJC and partner organisations including the Treatment Action Campaign, Equal Education, Ndifuna Ukwazi and Triangle Project. This is the first time…

Western Cape Religious Leaders Forum Supports Commission of Inquiry into Crime in Khayelitsha

Address by Imam Dr. A. Rashied Omar at a rally outside Parliament to deliver an Open Letter to President Zuma, Premier Zille, Minister Mthethwa and Mayor de Lille, Thursday 13 December 2012   Comrades and Friends, My Sisters and Brothers, I bring you greetings of peace from the Western Cape Religious Leaders Forum; and its…

SJC Attends Seminar on Safety and Violence in Khayelitsha

On 12 December 2012 the Safety and Violence Initiative (SAVI) – a newly established unit at the University of Cape Town (UCT) – hosted a public seminar titled ‘Safety and Violence in Khayelitsha’. The purpose of the seminar was to provide a platform for discussion about the causes of a lack of safety and widespread…

TOMORROW: Support The Campaign For Safe Communities!

A Call to Partners, Colleagues, Members of The Media, and Friends of the SJC: We Need Your Support To Bring Safety and Stability To Khayelitsha! As you are reading this, Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa and others are preparing for a court battle in the Cape High Court tomorrow to prevent the Commission of Inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha…

Cape Times Slams “National Disgrace” of Sanitation Crisis

On 14 November 2012 The Cape Times newspaper published a scathing editorial on sanitation in Cape Town and South Africa more broadly.  This follows a feature article in the same edition which uncovers the dangers of using toilet facilities in Khayelitsha’s informal settlements, and local government failure to ensure the service works as it should. …

SJC To Host “People’s Commission of Inquiry” into Crime in Khayelitsha on Steps of Cape High Court If O’Regan/Pikoli Commission is Delayed

In August 2012 the O’Regan/Pikoli Commission of Inquiry was established to investigate allegations of ineffective policing and breakdown in relations between the police and the community in Khayelitsha. Its establishment followed sustained campaigning and advocacy by the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) and partner organisation over a number of years and the lodging of a formal…

Commission of Inquiry into Policing in Khayelitsha: Press Alert November 7 2012

7 November 2012 Please Tweet using #CoI and #Mthethwa Download a pdf of the statement here. PRESS ALERT: O’REGAN/PIKOLI COMMISSION OF INQUIRY:   MINISTER MTHETHWA’S ACTION – MORALLY UNTENABLE, FACTUALLY FLAWED, LEGALLY UNSUSTAINABLE   POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY MUST NOT COME BEFORE SAFETY & LIVES   On average every day in Khayelitsha one person is murdered, two people are sexually assaulted…

SJC To Challenge Attempt To Stop O’Regan/Pikoli Commission In Court

CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE: RESPONSE TO POLICE CHALLENGING O’REGAN/PIKOLI COMMISSION OF INQUIRY The press conference will be held at:  Ndifuna Ukwazi, 47 Strand Street, Wednesday 7 November at 13h00 All media are invited In November 2011 our organisations lodged a formal complaint against the Khayelitsha police citing ineffective policing and a breakdown…