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…

The CoCT forces us, the residents of occupied land, to live inhuman conditions. We demand our dignity!

We are the residents of Ses’khona in Phillipi East, Nkandla in Kraaifontein, Island in Khayelitsha, Qandu-qandu in Khayelitsha and KK Section in Khayelitsha. There are 150 of us. We are very disappointed with Mayor Dan Plato’s response to our memorandum of 22 November 2018 when we demanded that our right to water be fulfilled and…

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…

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 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?

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”,…