Police Protest

Press Alert: Police resources judgment to be delivered on 14 December 2018 will have a monumental impact on policing across South Africa

On Friday, 14 December 2018 at 11h30 the Western Cape High Court, sitting as an Equality Court, will deliver judgment in the police resources court case brought by applicants the Social Justice Coalition (SJC), Equal Education (EE) and the Nyanga Community Police Forum (Nyanga CPF). The court will decide  whether the South African Police Service…

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…

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…

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…

Minister Mthethwa in Denial: Disingenuous Challenge To O’Regan/Pikoli Commission

Mthetwa To Go To Court In Attempt to Stall Commission of Inquiry into Policing in Khayelitsha On 29 October 2012, the O’Regan/Pikoli Commission of Inquiry (CoI), tasked with investigating problems with policing and crime in Khayelitsha, conducted its first hearing. Activists and members of the Social Justice Coalition, Treatment Action Campaign, Equal Education, Triangle Project…

SJC To Hold Four Marches For Improved Policing in Khayelitsha – Saturday, 6 October 2012

SUPPORT THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INVESTIGATING PROBLEMS WITH POLICING IN KHAYELITSHA! SJC ORGANISES FOUR MARCHES IN ONE DAY FOR IMPROVED POLICING IN KHAYELITSHA & FOR INCLUSION OF CAPE TOWN’S POLICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY JOIN US IN KHAYELITSHA, 6 OCTOBER 2012, 10h00 – 12h00 In August 2012 the Commission of…

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,…