[PRESS ALERT]: SJC NIGHT MARCH FOR PUBLIC LIGHTING

On Tuesday 19 February 2019 Social Justice Coalition (SJC) activists will march through Town Two, Khayelitsha at night to illustrate the difficulties residents face when attempting to navigate areas that have no or inadequate public lighting. The SJC has attempted to engage the City of Cape Town (CoCT) on the issue of discriminatory public lighting…

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

SJC to picket outside court against police brutality

Protests are meant to be disruptive. This is the nature of protest. It is an integral part of democratic political participation. Yet, government has consistently stifled protest and brutalised activists – and in particular poor, Black activists.What SAPS and the City of Cape Town did was abhorrent. It was violent, uncalled for and reminiscent of…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Crime Experts Support SJC Call for Commission of Inquiry

Article by Gareth Newham (Programme Head – Crime and Justice Programme, Institute for Security Studies) Appeared on Institute for Security Studies website, and the Cape Times newspaper on 31 July 2012 Recent events in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape have highlighted how the failures in the criminal justice system in general, and policing in particular,…

SJC To Co-Host Collaborative Design Storming For Urban Change

Cape Town, in bidding for World Design Capital 2014, committed itself to transforming lives by design – rebuilding community cohesion; reconnecting communities through infrastructural enhancement; and repositioning the city for the knowledge economy. A grand vision, no doubt, but how do we get designers and communities talking the same language and collectively solving pressing social problems to get us there?