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…

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,…

Hundreds Gather To Remember Victims of Crime

The Social Justice Coalition’s vigil at Solomon Mahlangu Hall in Makhaza attracted about 300 people who share a concern for safety in their communities. Vigilante killings have been responsible for the death of eleven people in Khayelitsha, where “mob justice” has become an increasingly frequent response to the State’s failure to adequately curb crime and…

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?

SJC Facilitates Legal Advice Clinic For Khayelitsha Residents

On Saturday 25 February a group of 16 students from the University of Cape Town’s Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ) came to Khayelitsha to offer free legal advice to residents of RR Section. Facilitated by the SJC, a number of people came to seek advice – ranging from issues such as police brutality…

Design isn’t Just About Shiny Objects: WDC2014 Should Contribute to Development and Dialogue in Cape Town

Cape Town has been awarded the right to host the World Design Capital 2014 (WDC2014) against stiff competition from cities across the planet, in large part because of the Cape Town Partnership’s bold and candid bid. The bid promised to use the year-long event to “deal with the vast imbalances that exist in our society”,…