[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…

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…

City of Cape Town’s Response to Chemical Toilet Audit Puzzling & Misdirected

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) notes the City of Cape Town’s press statement responding to a social audit conducted last week to probe the performance of Mshengu Services – a provider of more than 5000 communal chemical toilets in Cape Town’s informal settlements at a cost of R140 million to the municipal fiscus.  The full…

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…

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…

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…