SJC Statement on Marikana Tragedy

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) is angered by recent violence at Lonmin’s Marikana Platinum mine in North West Province, which has left 44 people dead over the past two weeks.  Of particular concern is the incident that took place on Thursday 16 August 2012, in which 34 strikers were shot dead and 78 others were…

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 Hold Candlelight Vigil Against Mob Violence

In January in Monwabisi Park, Anele Gazi was caught with stolen goods. He was set alight and died from his injuries. In March Thabo Mzileni was found dead in D Section. His hands and feet had been bound and a concrete drain cover and tyre placed on his chest. In May Andile Mtsholo died after being necklaced in a field in Site B for suspicion of stealing a cellphone. In Khayelitsha since the beginning of 2012 at least 11 people have been brutally murdered in vigilante attacks.

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?