SJC Executive Council Elects New General-Secretary and Deputy General-Secretary

 On Tuesday 4 February 2013 the Social Justice Coalition’s (SJC) Executive Council – the highest decision making body in the organisation comprising of elected leaders from each branch and the Secretariat – elected Phumeza Mlungwana to fill the position of General-Secretary, and Gavin Silber to fill the position of Deputy General-Secretary.   For the first time,…

MINISTER OF POLICE AND SAPS APPEAL TO CONSTITUTIONAL COURT TO STOP O’REGAN/PIKOLI INQUIRY – WASTEFUL ABUSE OF PUBLIC MONEY

On 14 January 2013, the Western Cape High Court dismissed with costs an urgent interdict by Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa and SAPS to stop the O’Regan/Pikoli Commission of Inquiry (CoI). The Court accepted that the Social Justice Coalition (SJC), the Treatment Action Campaign, Equal Education, Triangle Project and many other partners campaigned for “ten…

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…

Judgment in Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry Case to be Delivered, 14 January 2013 at Cape High Court

In August 2012 the O’Regan Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to investigate problems with policing in Khayelitsha was established in terms of section 206(5) of the Constitution. This followed years of sustained campaigning by the SJC and partner organisations including the Treatment Action Campaign, Equal Education, Ndifuna Ukwazi and Triangle Project. This is the first time…

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…

TOMORROW: Support The Campaign For Safe Communities!

A Call to Partners, Colleagues, Members of The Media, and Friends of the SJC: We Need Your Support To Bring Safety and Stability To Khayelitsha! As you are reading this, Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa and others are preparing for a court battle in the Cape High Court tomorrow to prevent the Commission of Inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha…