Khadija Bawa

[OPINION PIECE] From Collins Khosa to George Floyd: Policing in crisis in South Africa and the US

There are striking similarities between policing in the US and in South Africa, and in the deaths of George Floyd and Collins Khosa – the policing systems that caused them stem from oppressive pasts and are indicative of security forces that lack proper controls. In the last week we have seen in the media the…

[PRESS STATEMENT] JUSTICE DENIED FOR WOMAN BURNT ALIVE IN HER HOME

Lucia, a 30-year-old mother of one, was killed on  27th of March 2020. Her body was found burnt in her home allegedly after her boyfriend set the house on fire. The case was reported to the Harare Police Station, in Khayelitsha and Mr Radebe was assigned as the investigating officer. To date, the family has…

[PRESS STATEMENT] DON’T CALL IN THE DEFENCE FORCE IN THE WESTERN CAPE – REALLOCATE POLICE RESOURCES

  Poor black neighbourhoods with high rates of violent crime have less police resources than wealthier, whiter and safer suburbs Police resources should be reallocated to where they are urgently needed – in areas that are suffering from violent crimes The Western Cape provincial police commissioner has the power to do this today This is…

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 ALERT]: SJC TO MARCH TO SAHRC TO LAY COMPLAINT AGAINST SAPS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

On Thursday 21 February 2019 Social Justice Coalition (SJC) activists and informal settlement residents will march from the Cape Town Civic Centre to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) office to lodge a complaint against the South African Police Service (SAPS). The complaint is a result of SAPS’ actions on 31 January 2019 outside…

[PRESS ALERT]: SJC NIGHT MARCH FOR PUBLIC LIGHTING

On Tuesday 19 February 2019 Social Justice Coalition (SJC) activists will march through Town Two, Khayelitsha at night to illustrate the difficulties residents face when attempting to navigate areas that have no or inadequate public lighting. The SJC has attempted to engage the City of Cape Town (CoCT) on the issue of discriminatory public lighting…

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…

SJC members march behind a banner highlighting unfair police resourcing between different Cape Town suburbs

PRESS STATEMENT: Minister Cele, honour your word, withdraw the appeal, end the discrimination against poor, Black people

The Social Justice Coalition has learnt that the State Attorney’s office has still not received instructions from the Minister of Police Bheki Cele & the South African Police Service (SAPS) to withdraw their appeal of the Equality Court judgment on the discriminatory allocation of police resources. Earlier this week the SJC publicly welcomed recent statements…

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…