Government Must Promote The Supremacy of The Constitution And The Independance of The Judiciary

The statement issued by Cabinet on 24 November 2011 setting out its views on the transformation of the judiciary correctly identifies three fundamental areas that require public deliberation and action. The areas of public interest identified are access to justice for the majority of people, continued transformation of the judiciary and “the regular monitoring of the…

Khayelitsha civil society organizations call for Premier Zille to appoint Commission of Inquiry into Khayelitsha Police

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC),Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Free Gender, Equal Education (EE), Triangle Project and Ndifuna Ukwazi submitted a formal legal complaint demanding a Commission of Inquiry into the Khayelitsha criminal justice system. The complaint against SAPS, the Metro Police and their interface with the prosecuting authority and judiciary was prepared by the organisations…

SJC Welcomes President’s Action on Cele and Mahlangu-Nkabinde

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) welcomes the announcement by President Jacob Zuma regarding the dismissal of Minister of Public Works Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde and the immediate suspension of the National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele. Since early this year the SJC has been calling for action to be taken against Mahlangu-Nkabinde and Cele following two reports issued…

SJC/NU Calls on City of Cape Town to Release Service Delivery Agreements For Contractors Operating In Informal Settlements

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) has observed that refuse collection in informal settlements is often irregular and of very poor quality. Refuse is often left rotting for days or weeks, contributing to the spread of disease.

All refuse collection for informal settlements in the City of Cape Town is outsourced to private contractors, which in our view limits accountability and recourse. In addition, the provision and maintenance of sanitation services, which are also outsourced, are either non-existent or of a poor quality.

SJC Welcomes Significant Shift in Cape Town’s Sanitation Policy

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) welcomes a commitment from the Office of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille that janitorial services for sanitation facilities in informal settlements “should be considered for inclusion” in the planned Mayoral Special Jobs Creation Project. According to the Mayor, the R138 million project – announced on 29 September 2011[2] – will come in the form of “a community based operation and maintenance programme in historically neglected communities” which will include “cleaning, maintenance of services in informal settlements, maintenance of stormwater systems, and more”. If such a service is designed and implemented effectively, it will serve as a groundbreaking step towards ensuring that all people in Cape Town have their rights to basic sanitation progressively realized.

Protest For Justice & Safety In Khayelitsha

Lorna Mlofana (21) raped and murdered because she had HIV. Nandipha Makeke (18) raped and murdered. Makosomzi Rapele murdered. 7 schoolgirls raped. Children under age 7 raped. Matriculant stabbed to death. They were activists with the Treatment Action Campaign, Social Justice Coalition, Free Gender, Triangle Project and Equal Education Their families and comrades faced a criminal justice system crippled by numerous failures. Lost dockets, corruption, poor investigation, escaped suspects, the state not opposing bail for accused standing trial for serious crimes, mistreatment of victims, a failure to inform families of updates relating to their cases, years-long forensic backlogs and endless postponements that see cases taking years to be resolved

Public Protector Must Release Government Responses To Findings on SAPS Leasing Agreements

During February and July 2011, the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, issued two reports titled Against the Rules and Against the Rules Too, respectively.

These reports issued findings on the investigated alleged irregularities relating to the procurement and leasing of two buildings for new South African Police Service (SAPS) offices.

Both reports found that SAPS and the Department of Public Works (DPW) did not comply with, ‘Section 217 of the Constitution, the relevant provision of the PFMA, Treasury Regulations and supply chain management rules and policies’.