Press Statement: Update on the basic services protest held on the 22 of March 2021

An update on the march for basic services.   On the 22 of March 2021, 22 communities across the City of Cape Town held a protest in demonstration against the gross human rights violations they are constantly subjected to by the City Of Cape Town. The protest was a peaceful demonstration held  at Sea Point…

Press Statement: Why celebrate Human Rights Day when our rights are trampled upon by the City of Cape Town daily?

On the 23rd of March 2010, the SJC (Social Justice Coalition) together with residents of informal settlements across Khayelitsha, organised a political action in Greenpoint next to the Sea Point Promenade, to highlight the fact that they had no access to basic services. On that day 600 residents of Khayelitsha’s informal settlements formed a long…

Media Statement:The Social Justice Coalition’s reaction to recent Western Cape government budget speech.

On the 16th of March 2021, the Western Cape Finance MEC David Maynier delivered his budget speech outlining the Western Cape’s planning for a possible COVID-19 third wave. Maynier termed this budget a budget of hope. While the budget details the plan in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the province, it failed…

Press Statement: The Social Justice Coalition’s reaction to recent crime statistics presented by the Minister of Police.

The Social Justice Coalition’s reaction to recent crime statistics presented by the Minister of Police. On the 19th of February 2021, the Minister of Police Bheki Cele reported on the quarterly crime statistics from October to December 2020.   The crime statistics report showed an increase of 6.6 %  in murders nationally and in particular,…

Media Statement in repose to: “City continues COVID-19 temporary emergency services in informal settlements”

On 1 February 2021, the City of Cape Town released a statement about COVID-19 temporary emergency services in informal settlements. The statement outlines how the city has and still is leading a successful program that has been delivering temporary emergency provision of basic services in informal settlements, these informal settlements include those that were previously…

The Social Justice Coalition condemns the violent conduct outside Brackenfell High School by Community Members.

Press Statement The Right To Protest The Social Justice Coalition condemns the violent conduct outside Brackenfell High School by Community Members. The Social Justice Coalition condemns the violent reaction received by EFF members by Brackenfell high parents and community members during their peaceful demonstration and protest earlier this morning outside Brackenfell High School. In a…

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[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…