The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) welcomes a commitment from the Office of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille that janitorial services for sanitation facilities in informal settlements “should be considered for inclusion” in the planned Mayoral Special Jobs Creation Project. According to the Mayor, the R138 million project – announced on 29 September 2011 – will come in the form of “a community based operation and maintenance programme in historically neglected communities” which will include “cleaning, maintenance of services in informal settlements, maintenance of stormwater systems, and more”. If such a service is designed and implemented effectively, it will serve as a groundbreaking step towards ensuring that all people in Cape Town have their rights to basic sanitation progressively realized.
Lorna Mlofana (21) raped and murdered because she had HIV. Nandipha Makeke (18) raped and murdered. Makosomzi Rapele murdered. 7 schoolgirls raped. Children under age 7 raped. Matriculant stabbed to death. They were activists with the Treatment Action Campaign, Social Justice Coalition, Free Gender, Triangle Project and Equal Education Their families and comrades faced a criminal justice system crippled by numerous failures. Lost dockets, corruption, poor investigation, escaped suspects, the state not opposing bail for accused standing trial for serious crimes, mistreatment of victims, a failure to inform families of updates relating to their cases, years-long forensic backlogs and endless postponements that see cases taking years to be resolved